The Reformed Church in America is a fellowship of congregations called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be the very presence of Jesus Christ in the world.
Our shared task is to equip congregations for ministry--a thousand churches in a million ways doing one thing--following Christ in mission, in a lost and broken world so loved by God.
Laity and pastors unleashed, hungry for ministry; congregations mission-minded and inviting, authentic and healing, growing and multiplying, alert to the opportunities around them.
Classes and synods as communities of nurture and vision--accountable, responsible, sustained by prayer, alive to the Spirit.
A denomination, locally oriented, globally connected, that prays in many languages and beholds the face of Christ in every face; a denomination renewed and renewing, raising up leaders, always directing its resources toward the front lines of ministry.
Hurts being healed, the lost being found, the hungry being fed, peace healing brokenness, hope replacing despair, lives transformed by the love of Jesus Christ.
The Reformed Church in America, engaging the world.
LIVING OUT THE VISION
This vision will be lived out...
By congregations focused for ministry--creative, confident, healing, and radically attentive to the world outside its doors.
By consistories selected more for ministry than management, attuned to the Spirit, eager and equipped to serve.
By ministers of Word and sacrament open to dream, prepared to lead, willing to risk.
By classes that are empowering and proactive, living in communion, each accountable to all, and all to Christ.
By synods and staff that funnel resources to the local church, and keep us connected to the larger church.
By all the people of the RCA, a network of relationships, a fellowship that celebrates its gifts and confesses its failures, and where the ministries of all are valued and cherished.
To live out this vision by consistories, classes, synods and staff, our decision-making will be transformed by a pervasive climate of worship, discernment, and biblical reflection. We will no longer do business as usual, nor our usual business.
"Why is vision so essential for the church today? To answer that question, we must begin where the church must always begin--in the transforming content of Scripture.
"The story of the Bible is the account of God's faithful initiative to redeem his people, calling them forth into a new community. Continually, God's Spirit instills vision--vision that reaches out beyond normal human boundaries, vision that challenges our narrow-minded anxieties, vision that enlarges our hearts, vision that calms our fears with a holy fear of God's presence, vision that expands our faith in the sovereign power of God's grace and love.
"A biblical vision...is a compelling and sustaining picture of God's most desireable future. It places a people deeply in touch with God's clearest intentions for them. And it brings them to the brink, asking them to follow, to walk through the Red Sea, or cross the Jordan, or go through Samaria, or go to the ends of the earth.
"A biblical vision also places the church face-to-face with the culture in which it lives and prays and witnesses. In every place and time the church stands in need of discerning how it should live out Christ's presence in the midst of its particular culture."
--from RCA General Secretary Wesley Granberg-Michaelson's report to the 1997 General Synod