The United Reformed Church was formed in 1972 by the union of the Congregational Church in England and Wales and the Presbyterian Church of England.
It has continued to express its deep commitment to the visible unity of the whole Church in subsequent unions in 1981 with the re-formed Churches of Christ, and in 2000 with the Congregational Union of Scotland, through continuing talks with other traditions and in more than 400 local churches united with other denominations. Though one of the smaller historic denominations in Britain, the URC has contributed to the life and leadership of Christian institutions in Britain to an extent belying its size. The Church comprises some 61, 627 adults and 44,771 children and young people in 1512 congregations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. 20, 596 of these are regular attendees. They are served by 900 ministers, paid and unpaid, both women and men.
The United Reformed Church stands in the historic Reformed tradition, the largest single strand of Protestantism, with more than 70 million members world-wide. Along with other Reformed churches the URC holds to the Trinitarian faith expressed in the historic Christian creeds and finds its supreme authority for faith and conduct in the Word of God in the Bible, discerned under guidance of the Holy Spirit. The structure of the Church also expresses its belief in the ministry of all God’s people, through the structure of democratic councils that govern the Church’s life. Theologically, the URC is a broad church. Its membership embraces evangelical, charismatic and liberal understandings of the Christian faith.
As an increasingly multicultural and multiracial community with strong links to the world Church, the United Reformed Church has welcomed over recent years the growth of congregations where members from ethnic minority groups make up a substantial part of the church community and has received a number of new ethnic minority congregations into membership. Some of the strongest- and fastest-growing- local churches in the denomination are black majority churches.
More information about the United Reformed Church can be found at www.urc.org.uk.