our beliefs & values

Geneva wholeheartedly embraces the good news of historic Christian faith: that, in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, God has acted to redeem and restore the cosmos he has created.

We find freedom in embracing robust, historic Christian faith, expressed in three ancient creeds:

And in three historic confessions:

Geneva is...

  • Kingdom-minded: We seek to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and promote his kingdom on campus and throughout Madison. We strive to serve God in all spheres of life: in our homes and our careers; in academia, industry and art; in our care for creation, in seeking justice for the oppressed, and in fellowship with one another.
  • Sacramental: We offer God our worship through a liturgy designed to tell the story and re-enact the drama of God’s redeeming love and grace. We sing both traditional hymns and contemporary songs, and each Sunday our service includes: praise and thanksgiving, confession of sin, assurance of pardon, prayer, reading of Scripture, proclamation of God’s Word, and the Lord's Supper.
  • Reformed: Our church belongs to the Christian Reformed Church, a denomination that traces its roots to the Reformed churches of 16th-century Geneva, Switzerland, and later brought to the United States by Dutch immigrants in the 1800s. The CRC is now a vibrant, multi-ethnic denomination with congregations throughout North America. The CRC holds its major beliefs and teachings in common with Christians everywhere, with a focus on: the triune God as our Creator, creation and humanity as good but broken by sin, and Christ as our only Redeemer.