Presbyterians are a group of Protestants whose church is founded on the concept of democratic rule under the Word of God. The Presbyterian denomination is a form of Christianity democratically organized to embrace the faith common to all Christians. In the New Testament, "presbuteros" means elder, and refers to the democratic custom of choosing leaders and advisors from among the wisest members of the church.
All that is required to be a Presbyterian is to:
What is the Presbyterian Church?
It is a representative democracy governed by elders elected from and by the congregation. Its authority resides with the duly elected representatives of the congregation in the appointed church governing bodies. The local church governing body is the session.
Local sessions oversee the day-to-day work of the church and supervise:
The overall church structure is made up of four governing bodies. These are the:
What do Presbyterians believe?
There is no strict set of beliefs that unites Presbyterians or separates them from other followers of Christ. Like other Christians, Presbyterians believe in:
Presbyterians have two main sources for inspiration and guidance in their faith.
The Bible is an inspired record of the revelation of God to all.
Presbyterians have always believed that the Bible is the most authoritative source for faith and practice for all people.
Presbyterians do not believe that the authors of the Bible were "pens of God" as the pre-Christian writers believed. Instead, they believe the authors were inspired by God to reveal God to all people.
Creeds and Confessions
These are statements of doctrine that express the beliefs of a church or congregation. They include: