|Merger of||World Fellowship of Reformed Churches|
International Reformed Fellowship
The World Fellowship of Reformed Churches (WFRC) was formed in 1994 by the Presbyterian Church in America, the National Presbyterian Church in Mexico, and the Presbyterian Church of Brazil, as well as member churches mainly from Latin American countries and from India, East Africa and the United States. The International Reformed Fellowship (IRF) was formed also in 1994 with Calvinist churches in Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, and from all part of Asia.
The World Fellowship of Reformed Churches and the International Reformed Fellowship united on October 24, 2000 to form the World Reformed Fellowship. The WRF is now an international body represented in seventy-nine countries.
Members have to agree with:
It is similar in theology to the International Conference of Reformed Churches and more conservative than the World Communion of Reformed Churches. The WRF also differs from them in that it is a fellowship, not a council, and so includes in its membership not only denominations, but individual congregations, pastors and theologians, and non-ecclesial organizations (e.g. theological seminaries). It conceives of its existence as facilitating dialogue and sharing of resources between the different global branches of Calvinism.
The Fourth General Assembly of the World Reformed Fellowship was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in March 2015. This General Assembly approved a new statement of faith which had been completed March 31, 2011. This statement includes twelve articles and was made to accomplish three purposes:
At its Fifth General Assembly in Jakarta, Indonesia in August 2019, the World Reformed Fellowship published a statement on Calvinist theological identity, which provided a narrative description of Calvinism's origins, methods, characteristics, contexts, and continued relevance.
As of February 2016 there are 72 denominational members.