We believe in God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--profess the Apostles' and Nicence Creeds, and are guided by the Confessions of the reformed church. We believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, through whom we are forgiven, redeemed and called to serve. Saved by grace, we become a servant people, gladly and gratefully offering ourselves in Christ's name. The Holy Spirit sustains and guides us, and brings us back when we lose our way.
WHAT IS A PRESBYTERIAN?
Presbyterians are part of the Christian family that find themselves in the middle between independent Christian churches and Episcopal churches (ones with a single bishop).
Presbyterians have been around for almost 500 years, and were part of the Protestant Reformation movement that began in Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland and Scotland. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him, most importantly that of Martin Luther.
We are a confessional church; we write statements of faith and compile them into a Book of Confessions rooted in scripture and guiding us in interpretation of scripture. We are a constitutional church; we have a Book of Order with three sections: the Form of Government, the Directory for Worship, and the Rules of Discipline. We ordain ministers and lay people (called elders or deacons). And we are connected together in a national church that has several levels of governance.
Presbyterians emphasize the sovereignty of God, the saving work of Jesus Christ and the active presence of the Holy Spirit in everyday life. Human sinfulness leads us to entrust governance to groups rather than individuals.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), with denominational offices in Louisville, Kentucky, has approximately 2 million members, 11,100 congregations and 14,000 ordained and active ministers.