Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria

Church family:Reformed churches
Based in:Nigeria
Present in:
Membership*:

About membership

Statistics of church membership, number of churches, congregations, pastors, etc. are those given by the churches and organizations, unless otherwise indicated. WCC member churches have various ways of defining their membership: state churches in which virtually every citizen is baptized and thus counted as a member, churches which include in their membership persons who are baptized but not actively participating, churches in which only adult baptized or communicant members are counted, etc. No attempt has been made to classify the membership figures in such categories, because agreed upon indicators to so do not exist.

250000
Pastors:64
Evangelists:160
Districts:11
Congregations:60
Member of:
 WCC (1998) 
Associate member of:
Website: http://www.cocin.net

The Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria grew out of the missionary work of the Christian Reformed Church in North America through the Sudan United Mission. The church became autonomous in 1973 (self-governing, self-supporting, self-propagating) with the name Ekklesia Kristi A Nigeria. By 1979 the church was formally registered with the federal government of Nigeria. In 1993 the synod resolved that the name be changed to Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria, to truly reflect her national identity, vision, Christian belief, doctrine and Reformed persuasion and tradition. The RCCN accepts the Bible as the authoritative word of God, confesses Jesus Christ as God and Saviour and believes in the sovereignty and grace of the triune God. It puts much emphasis on a holistic proclamation of the gospel and the formation of its members.

The RCCN has grouped its activities and programmes under 1) community development ministry (CDM), taking care of community projects, health and literacy; 2) evangelism, discipleship and misson (EDM); 3) Christian education development (CED), which takes care of schools; the Bible school falls also under this programme; and 4) national resources development (NRD) which oversees the mobilization and utilization of resources. Each of the four has a board.

The RCCN trains its pastors in the Bible school called Veeastral Bible College and Seminary Lupwe. In addition some of the pastors study at the Theological College of North Nigeria, a Reformed theological seminary. The church operates a three tier system of government namely: local church council, district church council and synod. The synod meets twice a year. The RCCN has its offices in a remote part of the country which makes communication difficult and slow.

Last updated:01/01/06