August 20, 2017

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About PresbyteriansGod comes to us in free and undeserved favor in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world. Following Jesus, Presbyterians are engaged in the world and in seeking thoughtful solutions to the challenges of our time.


Presbyterians affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might have eternal and abundant life in him. As Christ’s disciples, called to ministry in his name, we seek to continue his mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken, and welcoming strangers. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world.

More than two million people call the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) their spiritual home. Worshiping in 10,000 Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States, they engage the communities in which they live and serve with God’s love.

 

The word "Presbyterian" is a reference to our church's form of government. It comes from the Greek work, "presbuteros," which means elder. Our church is governed at all levels by elders, either "teaching elders" (ministers) or "ruling elders" (lay persons elected to serve as elders). At the lowest level of church government, these elders together form the Session, the governing body of a local church.

 

This system distinguishes Presbyterians from the other two main forms of church government: Episcopal and congregational. In an episcopal form of government, authority is vested in an individual -- a priest, bishop, etc. Examples of this type include Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, and others. In a congregational form of government, authority is vested in the local congregation as a whole. Examples of this type include Baptist and Congregational churches.

 

In our system, local churches are joined together in a larger body, the Presbytery. There are even larger governing bodies -- Synods and the General Assembly.

 

Presbyterians are distinctive in several ways:

  • We adhere to Reformed theology, which means that we are the theological heirs of John Calvin,
  • Our form of government stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.
  • We hold a high regard for education, especially Christian education, as a way of knowing God's will.
  • We believe that the Church is called to transform society, leading it to conform more closely with God's reign.

 

To find out more about this dynamic and thriving denomination, visit the PCUSA main website.


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