What it Means to be Presbyterian

Perhaps the least exciting statement, and the last one I finished:

(4) a statement of what it means to be Presbyterian, indicating how that awareness grows out of participation in the life of a particular church;

I have been an active member of a Presbyterian church as long as I can remember. I was baptized as an infant and grew up in the embrace of the church. I have also been active in other denominations, including the United Church of Christ, the Community Churches, and nondenominational Churches, so I have learned the many things that all Protestants share in common.

What I have found to be distinctive about the Presbyterian Church is its commitment to Reformed theology and its representational polity. Reformed theology forms a backbone for the Presbyterian Church overall, and though I have experienced tremendous diversity in various individual congregations, the theology of the Reformation always looms large in each of them. In its representational polity, the Church empowers laypeople in its governance and gives great authority and responsibility for the governance of the church to the Elders of the congregation, living out concretely the Reformed commitment to the priesthood of all believers

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