About The Presbyterian Church
In our Presbyterian tradition, we believe that God is revealed through the Trinitarian community of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The God who creates us and sustains us is also the God who redeems us in Jesus Christ, and the God who works in our hearts as the Holy Spirit.
We affirm that Jesus Christ is central to the life of the universal Church, as well as to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, who not only calls the Church into being, but also gives the Church its faith and life.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) affirms "Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda," which means "The church reformed, always being reformed," according to the Word of God and the call of the Spirit. The Protestant watchwords -- grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone -- embody the principles of understanding which continue to guide and motivate the people of God.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) affirms that the Bible witnesses to God’s self-revelation, and sets forth what God has done and said throughout the history of the people of God. Where the Word of God is read and proclaimed, Jesus Christ the Living Word is present by the inward witness of Holy Spirit. The Bible calls humankind to respond to the claims of the gospel, in addition to providing an indispensable guide for Christian faith and life.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) celebrates two sacraments -- Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism sets forth, through the symbolic use of water, the cleansing and regenerating love of God through the work of the Holy Spirit. When we and our children are baptized, we are publicly accepted into fellowship with Christ and his Church, and we become members of the covenant family of God.
The Lord’s Supper sets forth, through the symbolic use of bread and wine, the death of Christ for our salvation. When we receive the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, we share communion with the risen Christ, as we are nourished for the journey of the Christian life. The Lord’s table is open to members of all churches who have publicly professed Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and who come in penitence and faith.
We who respond to Christ’s call of discipleship by uniting with the fellowship of the church recognize our responsibility as disciples of our Lord. As servants of God, all Christians are summoned to shape and influence the world in which we live, so that the world may be brought more nearly into the vision of God’s purpose for all creation. God’s people are called to work for the transformation of society by seeking justice and living in obedience to the Word of God.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is made distinctive by its representative form of government, and the mission and government of a particular congregation is administered by the Session. The Session of a particular church consists of the elders in active service and the pastor, co-pastors, and associate pastors, all of whom are elected by the congregation. This information and other information concerning the governance of the church is available in PC-USA's "The Book of Order."