The Reformers of the 16th Century believed that the church would always need to be reformed; as soon as the Church stopped being self-critical it would fossilize. Over the years this has meant that Reformed Churches have been able to adapt to, and learn from, what God was saying to us through our surroundings.
At the heart of our tradition, therefore, is a need to be self-aware and self-critical.
All our structures, ideas, theology and ways of working are provisional - as God is still speaking.
This idea is encapsulated by George Caird in his hymn:
Not far beyond the sea, nor high above the heavens,
but very nigh your voice, O God, is heard.
For each new step of faith we take
you have more truth and light to break forth from your holy word.
Constance Coltman was the first woman ordained to Christian ministry in the UK. She was ordained within the Congregational Church. In 2015, a film about her call to ministry was made:
Full Film (19m07s)