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What We Believe

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has its spiritual roots in the Reformation begun by John Calvin of Switzerland and refined by John Knox of Scotland. It is a protestant denomination organized according to representative eldership designed to embrace the faith common to all Christians.

Our name stems from a New Testament word "Presbueteros," which means Elder (a leader in the church). It refers to our custom of choosing leaders and advisors from among the wisest members of the church. We understand that every believer has the privilege and the responsibility to be a minister in everyday life.

•We believe in experienced Christianity. We believe faith is a matter of both the heart and mind. We seek to balance careful study of theology with a passion for the Lord.

•We believe in Scriptural Christianity. We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and understood to be "the unique authoritative witness" to God's activities in the world.

•We believe in practical Christianity. We strive to make our faith a part of everyday life and believe it should guide our behavior and decisions.

•We believe in disciplined Christianity. God calls us to change and grow with regular prayer, Bible study, attendance at worship, and love and service to others.

•We believe in connectional Christianity. Each individual and Presbyterian congregation is knit together in mutual concerns, responsibility, and support.

•We believe in an ecumenical Christianity. We join hands with other Christians in doing God's work.

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