News Items

NOTE: The content below expresses the views of the individual named as the author and does not necessarily reflect the position of the WRF as a whole.

Presbyterian Church of Australia: GAA decisions on vaccination status and attendance at public worship

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia met by videoconference on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, to discuss the matter of vaccination status and access to public services of worship.

Next Generation Ministries Council hosts leadership summit for EPC ministry leaders

From EPConnection: Collaboration, encouragement, fellowship, and worship were on the agenda for more than 30 EPC children’s ministry, student ministry, and family ministry leaders on October 6-7 in Orlando. The workers from local churches in all 14 Presbyteries met for the inaugural Next Generation Ministries Leadership Summit, hosted by the Next Generation Ministries Council (NGMC).

New ICC Report Records a Year of Christian Persecution in China

From The Aquila Report: Over 100 incidents of persecution documented in one-year span -- With the intensified crackdown against churches, both state-vetted and underground, there is no longer a safe place to be a Christian in China. Almost every province in China has seen an increase in Christian persecution over the last year (Written by International Christian Concern | Monday, October 11, 2021). Read the full article in The Aquila Report.

43K Nigerian Christians Killed, 18K Disappeared in Last 12 Years: NGO Report

From The Aquila Report: Human rights activists have warned Nigeria is headed toward Christian “genocide” if global action is not taken quickly.   A Nigerian civil society organization estimates around 43,000 Christians have been killed by Nigerian Islamic radicals in the last 12 years, while 18,500 have permanently disappeared and 17,500 churches have been attacked (Written by Emily Wood | Saturday, August 21, 2021). Read the full article in The Aquila Report.

The Church in Afghanistan: What the Taliban Takeover Means for Believers There

From the Aquila Report: Afghan Christians are totally vulnerable with no political power. They have no-one to appeal to. They don’t even generally qualify for special immigrant visas to the United States or other Western countries because they have avoided working for American organizations or working for the Afghan military. To do so potentially exposes them to attention and danger (Written by John Stonestreet | Wednesday, August 18, 2021). Read the full article in The Aquila Report.

Report on the Actions of the 48th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA, 2021)

The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America, Dr. Bryan Chapel, has issued his report, “Actions of the Forty-Eighth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America.” The report is posted on the PCA Administrative Committee’s website, and can be found here. Dr. Chapel is an Individual Member of the World Reformed Fellowship and the PCA is a founding Denominational Member. You may also read the report below:

WRF Board Members Dean Weaver Installed as Stated Clerk of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Jeff Jeremiah elected as Stated Clerk Emeritus

The Rev. Dr. Dean Weaver, a member of the Board of Directors of the World Reformed Fellowship, was installed as the new Stated Clerk at the 41st General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (a Denominational Member of the WRF), in June 2021. At the same meeting, the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Jeremiah, also an active member of the World Reformed Fellowship, was unanimously elected as Stated Clerk Emeritus.

2021 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America

The 48th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was held between June 28 and July 2, in St. Luis, Missouri, with the theme "Proclaiming the Unhindered Kingdom." The PCA is a denominational member of the World Reformed Fellowship.

The 2021 General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, a denominational member of the World Reformed Fellowship held its 2021 General Assembly at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, between June 22 and 25, 2021.

WRF project on the Decalogue

Stay tuned as several WRF members are working together in a new multi-authored project based on the Ten Commandments!

Getty Music Worship Conference 2021: Sing! In Christ Alone

Announcing Getty Music Worship Conference 2021: Sing! In Christ Alone -- A conference for everyone on the unparalleled opportunity to reset congregational singing, restore our hope, and reunite the church in Christ-centered worship! When: September 13-15. Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenessee (USA) and online.

Statement written by the National Board of Pastors and Elders in Israel

David Zadok, who ministers in Israel and is a member of the World Reformed Fellowship, has co-authored the statement described as follows: "It is an expression of our unity in Christ in these challenging times, and it was written by the board of national pastors and elders that includes seven of us from various congregations in Israel."

COALIZÃO PELO EVANGELHO (TGC - THE GOSPEL COALITION, Brasil) Issues a National Call to Prayer and Fasting

The Coalizão Pelo Evangelho, which is the Brazilian chapter of The Gospel Coalition (TGC), has issued a Call to Prayer and Fasting, inviting all Christians in Brazil to pray and fast as the country faces enormous challenges related to the pandemic and other correlated issues.

WRF member Thomas Johnson makes available to the WRF community his two recently published books

Dr. Thomas Johnson is a member of The World Reformed Fellowship and a regular contributer to the WRF Blog. He recently published two new books in electronic format and is making them available to the members of the WRF. Read them here:

WRF member Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher's Inaugural Speech as Secretary General of the WEA

On Febreary 27, 2021 Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher was innaugurated as the new Secretary General / CEO of the World Evangelica Alliance WEA), succeeding Bp Efraim Tendero. Dr. Schirrmacher is an individual member of the The World Reformed Fellowship, and the WRF is an institutional member of the WEA. Read his innaugural speech here:

WEA announces Global Week of Prayer for COVID-19 (March 22-27, 2021)

For the week leading up to Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter), the WEA together with partners prepared materials for a week of prayer.

Growing Concern Over Censorship and Cancellation of Christians Expressing Concern Over Transgender Nomination by US President

Many Christians are feeling increasing concern over censorship of Christians in social media. This has become a concern especially for reformed and theologically conservative Christians.

World Evangelical Alliance Digital Leadership Handover Ceremony on February 27, 2021

The World Reformed Fellowship has received the following announcement from the World Evangelical Alliance and wishes to extend the invitation to all WRF members: The WEA Leadership Handover Ceremony on February 27, 2021, at 1pm Central European Time (CET).

Updated Resource from WRF's Theological Education Commission

The Theological Education Commission of the World Reformed Fellowship offers an updated list of resources for Evangelical & Reformed Theological Training and Education. See more here: Resources for Evangelical & Reformed Theological Training and Education

Preliminary Report on the WRF Survey on Churches in the Covid-19 Pandemic

We have just published a preliminary report on the Word Reformed Fellowship's ongoing survey of how churches that are connected to the WRF have responded over the last 10 months to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The preliminary report only brings you the direct data (distribution of responses) and analysis will come once the survey is completed.

WRF member Dr. Jay Lykins announces new discerning-islam.org website

A new home for our website! As some of you may know, I was “deactivated” by Facebook several months ago for reposting a news item about Islam.  The post was not derogatory - it was a simple news item - that some people did not like.  It was not even fake news.  It simply was not liked.

New book on the Trinity, edited by WRF members Thomas K. Johnson, and Thomas Schirrmacher

Thomas Johnson writes: "In a time of pandemic, political turmoil, and terrible economic hardship for some, it is, I believe, important for Christians to dig more deeply into knowing who God is. This includes thinking long about the Trinity. It may be that we have a partial knowledge of God, only recognizing one or two of his Persons. Or maybe we only grasp one or two of the activities of one or two of the three Persons. Therefore, I am very pleased to present our new book by several authors from several continents!"

Special request from Jinja Reformed Presbyterian Church, in Uganda

The World Reformed Fellowship has received from Uganda a request from prayer and assistance on behalf of the Reformed Presbyterian church in Uganda and the Jinja Reformed Presbyterian Church.

CCEF Conference 2020 - "Created to Draw Near: Reclaiming the Priesthood of All Believers"

We are delighted to announce and promote the annual conference of WRF organizational member, The Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

Upcoming Global Convention on Christian Faith and World Evangelization

Stephen Tong Evangelistic Ministries International, an organizational member of the World Reformed Fellowship has organized a wonderful Global Convention on Christian Faith and World Evangelization, with speakers from all over the global reformed community, including many members of the WRF and our International Director, Dr. Davi Charles Gomes (who will speak on Evangelism in a Brave New World, on Tuesday, October 6, at 6pm GMT+7).