Churches belonging to the Collective each subscribe to one of the following reformed confessions.
New City Catechism
1689 London Baptist
3 Forms of Unity
39 Articles of Religion
New Hampshire Confession of Faith
Westminster Confession of Faith
Book of Concord
The term subscription can have different meanings for different people. Some follow the confessions “in so far as” they are scriptural. This means that they accept the parts that they believe handle scripture accurately but take exception to those parts that they do not. Others subscribe to confessions “because” they believe they handle scripture accurately. When a contradiction arises between the man and the confession, the first assumption is that the confession is correct rather than assuming that the confession needs to be brought in to line with the individual’s personal convictions. Within the “because” definition is the idea of subscribing to the system of the confession, those such as Charles Hodge hold to a system subscription “which allows exceptions and even expects them, but these exceptions cannot contradict the reformed faith as understood historically in the plain historical sense.”
Each member of the Confessional Collective subscribes to their confession “because” they believe it is scriptural.