The Christian Reformed Church, confessing its complete subjection to the Word of God and the Reformed creeds as a true interpretation of this Word, acknowledging Christ as the only head of his church, and desiring to honor the apostolic injunction that of cebearers are “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Eph. 4: 12), and to do so “in a fitting and orderly way” (1 Cor. 14: 40), regulates its ecclesiastical organization and activities in the following articles.