“We are becoming a new creation by the power of God’s grace: to proclaim the good news of Christ and to manifest the justice of GOD.”
Thus reads the Life and Mission Statement of the Presbyterian Church (USA), a denomination of which we are proud to be a part. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has almost three million members spread throughout every state.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
If you believe in Jesus Christ, you can be a Presbyterian!
The Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest Protestant churches. Stemming from the reformed tradition with historical and theological voices of John Calvin and John Knox ringing in our ears, we believe that our Community in Christ is “reformed and always being reformed.” While we are a very diverse church, there are several foundational beliefs all Presbyterians affirm:
·Jesus Christ, the son of God, is our Savior, Redeemer and Lord.
·We rely on the Holy Spirit to inspire our faith in God and guide us in our faithfulness to God in Jesus Christ.
·We believe that God’s Word is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit in Scripture, and therefore consider the Bible basic to our faith and worship.
·We practice two sacraments: the Lord’s Supper and Baptism. Both sacraments are important because they are acts of the entire Church community. At Westminster, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper the first Sunday of each month. All baptized Christians are welcome to the Lord’s Table in our church.
·We profess our faith through our Confessions, statements of our faith adopted as part of our historical life in our faith journey in Christ.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) differs from other protestant denominations in the way it governs itself. Presbyterians have a representative form of government: clergy and elected laity working together to make decisions.
Each congregation elects leaders called Ruling Elders from the congregation to the governing body of the congregation, called the Session. Each Session, in turn, elects commissioners to Presbytery, a regional governmental body. We are represented then to the Synod, and finally to the annual meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the General Assembly.
Presbyterians believe that “God alone is the Lord of the Conscience.” We are therefore willing to discuss most any issue. While we disagree on subjects, because God speaks to each of us as distinct believers, we agree to disagree in a spirit of Christian love.