I mentioned earlier that the IERP is formed by 42 congregations.
Ever since its beginnings, the IERP has maintained its ecumenical character.
Consistent with the reason for its existence--namely, the proclamation of the gospel "the preservation and building of the community of Faith in the Lord of a single, universal and apostolic Church", (5) the IERP understands itself as a part of a much wider, larger whole.
With a number of other churches, the IERP founded the Ecumenical Movement for the Defense of Human Rights in 1976 (from 1976 to 1983, military dictatorship in Argentina resulted in 30,000 people "missing'); the Ecumenical Service for the Defense of Human Dignity (SEDHU) in Uruguay; the Committee of Churches for Emergency Relief (CIPAE) in Paraguay; and the Argentine Committee for Helping Refugees.
Along with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Peru and our sister churches in the Rio de la Plata (Evangelical United Lutheran Church, Evangelical Waldensian Church of the Rio de la Plata, Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina, Reformed Churches of Argentina), the IERP mutually recognizes ministries, church membership and communion of pulpit and altar.
The three countries where IERP congregations exist are mostly Catholic, but the neo-Pentecostal and Evangelical phenomenon is currently attracting large numbers of people.
In this sense, the IERP has always remained open and willing to work with other churches.
The second article of the IERP Statements and Rules states that our church adheres to the Barmen Theological Declaration.
Many IERP congregations are located in cities or towns where there are many such pastors or churches, offering "lively" worship services with healings, witnessing and large crowds.
1) Main source consulted: Krueger, Rene (2001) La eclesiologia de la IERP [The ecclesiology of the IERP].
Synod Report and General Assembly, XXXIII Synod Conference of the IERP, October 8-11, 1998, General Ramirez, Entre Rios, Argentina, p.
The universality of the Church is based on the fact of the IERP working on its mission locally in the three countries of the region of the Rio de la Plata, but projecting this mission worldwide".