At its constituting meeting on 25th February the new General Synod elected its ministerial and lay Presidents for the coming 6 years. The outgoing Presiding Bishop Gusztáv Bölcskei has been succeeded by Dr. István Szabó. The number of women has tripled in the new Synod.
In Hungary, 1.15 million people claimed a Reformed affiliation in the 2011 Census, including 600,000 active in Reformed congregations.
Following the call of Christ, the RCH aims to be a witness in the world, fulfilling a faithful mission and strives to live as an ever-reforming church.
For many centuries, our Reformed church has played a significant role in the historical and cultural development of Hungary.
Congregations are considered the most fundamental unit of our church, based on the principle: "the church exists in its congregations."
The Hungarian Reformed Church is composed of the Hungarian-speaking Reformed churches in the Carpathian Basin.
The Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC) is the "mother" of many Hungarian Reformed churches and communities all over the world.
The RCH works with different ecumenical organizations across Hungary to demonstrate its dedication to “Communion as unity in diversity."
Nurturing future generations of pastors is an important task for any church denomination. In the RCH, one way this is realized is through a scholarship program where students have the opportunity to study abroad for a year.
Church and Society
Mission is a priority task in the life of the RCH. Through active mission, our church reaches out to every needy group in Hungarian society.
The diaconal service aims to reach people in need and motivate Reformed congregations to "Carry each other's burdens." (Gal. 6:2)
The RCH fulfills its mission through maintaining certain institutions that serve not only their local communities, but people nationwide.
Where do reformed Roma live? Gypsies don’t have a unified religion. They generally adopt the dominant religion of their location, hence all the types of Roma living in Hungary, for example in Bulgaria both Christians and Muslims can be found.
International Ecumenical Relations
The partnership and cooperation with churches and organisations around the world, has always played a major role in the life of the RCH.
The International and Ecumenical Committee, assisted by the Ecumenical Advisory Board, is responsible for the RCH’s ecumenical strategy.
The RCH believes it is important to deepen the relationships with partner churches by inviting and welcoming mission coworkers.
If you are interested in establishing a partnership with a Hungarian Reformed congregation, please contact us!
As part of a humanitarian crisis intervention, coordinated by the UN, the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid delivers relief supplies to Sub-Carpathia and to the refugee camps in Eastern- Ukraine.
A WCRC Europe delegation on a solidarity visit to the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia were deeply impressed by the work of the church in the face of immense challenges.
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has hosted the two-day annual meeting of the fifth Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches in Europe (WCRC Europe) at Assembly Buildings in Belfast.
The Research Institue for Hungarian Communities Abroad has published a study analysing the case of church property, Székely Mikó High School of Sepsisentgyörgy.
The Hon. Colleen Bell, United States of America's Ambassador to Hungary met Dr. Károly Fekete, Bishop of Transtibiscan Reformed Church District.
Dr. Gusztáv Bölcskei has been appointed as Rector of the Reformed Theological University in Debrecen with immediate effect.
The Protestant Churches in Hungary, and the Evangelical Church of Rhineland, Germany hosted the Second conference of Protestant Synod Members from around Europe organised by the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) on 30th January to 1st February in Budapest, Hungary.
The Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary and Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference has issued a joint statement regarding the Acts of Terror in Paris.
Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Janos Pasztor, son of the well-known Hungarian Reformed Pastor and Theologian as Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change.