About Classis BCNW
What is a classis?
A classis is a group of churches and other ministries that partner together in the same region. The word also refers to the leaders that govern that group of churches and ministries. In our case, we are one of the 49 classes (that's classis plural) of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC).
Where is Classis BCNW?
Classis BCNW covers a very large area of British Columbia. It includes all of the CRCs on Vancouver Island and northern BC as well as several of the CRCs in the Lower Mainland. Together, we consist of various established churches, church plants, chaplaincies, and other ministries. Each point on the map below represents a church or chaplaincy of Classis BCNW.
The Christian Reformed Church (CRC)
We are part of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. What does that mean?
- We call ourselves Christian because we are followers of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he is the center of human history.
Reformed because we grow on a branch of the church tree that emerged from the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe.
- We’re a Church because we believe God has called us together to be a people who belong to him and live for him.
- North America tells you where we are situated; but it also tells you we’re connected with other Reformed denominations in other places around the globe.
Our emblem is the cross in a triangle.
- The triangle represents the Trinity, our belief in the one God we know as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- The cross symbolizes our belief in Jesus Christ's sacrificial death for our salvation.