Council to act on proposed amendments to constitution

Among the items of business to be addressed at this summer’s General Council, delegates will vote on proposed amendments to the World Communion of Reformed Churches Constitution and Bylaws.

The proposed amendments were approved by the WCRC Executive Committee at its meeting in May 2016 and sent to WCRC member churches for review in December.

For the proposed constitutional amendments to be adopted, two-thirds of the delegates at the General Council must vote in favour of them, while a simple majority of delegates is required to adopt the proposed amendments to the bylaws.

The current Constitution and Bylaws were adopted by the 2010 Uniting General Council as the WCRC’s first governing document. At its meeting in 2015, the Executive Committee mandated a constitutional review committee to “clarify and propose appropriate revisions to the constitution of the WCRC paying particular attention to among others:

  • the function of the officer’s committee and the officer positions
  • the role of regional VPs in their relationship to regional councils
  • the function of the General Secretary in relation to other officers
  • the size of delegations to the General Council”

(Action 45, 2015 Executive Committee Minutes)

While addressing those items, the review committee also recommended a number of other changes that better focus the organization’s work, streamline and remove inconsistencies from within the document, reflect the organization’s move from Switzerland to Germany and make the English version the “definitive document for interpretation purposes.”

The review committee created a document that explains the proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws, through a side-by-side comparison of the current and proposed documents. This document can be found online at

Also available on that page are the current constitution and the constitution with proposed amendments in six languages: English, French, German, Indonesian, Korean and Spanish.

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