In obedience to Christ’s commission to be a teaching, learning, praying, working, loving, and evangelistic church, the HRC is involved in a number of denominational and local ministries. They include:
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
Owned and governed by the HRC, the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (established in 1995; hereafter, PRTS) prepares students to serve Christ and His church through Biblical, experiential, and practical ministry. PRTS students come from numerous Reformed and Presbyterian denominations as well as independent Baptist churches. They hail from various countries, such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Indonesia, Korea, Nigeria and South Africa.
Elementary and Secondary Christian Education
Most HRC parents make great sacrifices to send their children to our own Christian schools or schools jointly operated with the NRC. Some make use of other Christian schools or undertake home schooling. Few send their children to public schools.
The primary reason for this commitment is that raising covenant children is a solemn responsibility. Parents are duty bound to educate their children in an atmosphere that reflects their Biblical convictions about truth, spiritual life and parenting. Because the world’s presuppositions and philosophy of education are antithetical to the teachings of the church, most HRC parents believe that covenant children should not be educated in a curriculum that is hostile to what they are striving to teach their children at home and at church.
HRC parents do not look for a Christian school that only attaches the Bible to its curriculum and removes the children from an overtly worldly setting. Rather, they seek to educate children in a curriculum that is decidedly Christ-centered and Reformed in its presuppositions, its philosophical outlook, its theological content and its practical outworkings. They look for a school that puts God, man, facts, the universe, existence, origins, purpose, morality, history, aspirations, and absolutes in their proper, Biblical, God-defined contexts.
The purpose of the HRC missions program is to glorify God and present His character and nature by effectively proclaiming the message of salvation in Jesus Christ throughout the world, in order that lost sinners might be brought to salvation through the blood of Christ. At present, the primary thrust of the denomination’s foreign mission efforts is to focus on assisting and nurturing young Christian churches in developing countries by providing and improving training for pastors.
For more information, visit the HRC Missions web site: www.HRCmissions.com and the Glad Tidings Mission publication.
Evangelism & Church Planting
The HRC is engaged in numerous evangelistic and church-planting efforts. Our churches continue to take seriously their calling to spread the gospel, beginning locally. In most congregations, local evangelism committees are zealous in bringing the gospel to the lost in a variety of ways. Current methods include Bible studies, radio ministry, neighborhood Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, tract distribution, nursing home outreach, ministries for the homeless, and jail or prison ministry. Local churches are also encouraged to consider church plants in their own geographical area.
HRC members promote sound Reformed literature around the world, including:
- Gospel Trumpet sermons, written by HRC ministers and printed three sermons per booklet, distributed free of charge;
Additionally, because the HRC considers reading literature of our Reformed heritage very important, many churches have their own bookstores and libraries. (Though the IP and RHB are, strictly speaking, independent from the denomination, most members of both boards are HRC members.)
Finally, the denomination supports numerous non-denominational ministries, such as Trinitarian Bible Society, Word and Deed, the Wycliffe Society, and various local ministries that reach out to the poor and aged. The National-International Disaster Fund sends out substantial sums of money to people in various areas in the world hit hard by famine or natural disasters.