pcuseWhat is a "Presbyterian" Church

In the earliest "Greek" manuscripts of the New Testament "presbuteros" means "elder" and refers to the practice (dating back to the time of Moses in Exodus Chapter 18) of choosing leaders and advisors from among God’s people. Presbyterians are Christians whose churches are founded on this Biblical concept of democratic governance under the Word and Rule of God. The Presbyterian denomination is a form of Christianity democratically organized to embrace Biblical faith common to Christians throughout the ages and throughout the world.

Duly elected representatives of the congregation appoint church governing bodies. Each local church has a "governing body" called the "Session." (This includes the ordained pastors, and elders – all elected by the congregation).

The Session oversees the worship life and care of the church and the:

     Deacons — elected by the congregation to coordinate and share in the church’s ministry of compassion.
     Trustees elected by the congregation to manage the property, legal and financial affairs of the church.
The local church is connected to other Presbyterians through:
Session - or local governing body
Presbytery - Ministers and representative elders from congregations in a geographical area. (Presbytery of        Scioto Valley includes congregations from Marion in the north to Portsmouth in the south.) 
Synod - Representatives elected from several presbyteries. (Synod of the Covenant includes the Presbytery      of Scioto Valley.)
General Assembly - The national governing body made up of equal numbers of lay people and pastors              chosen by  presbyteries.



Daily Scripture

  • Job 23:10-11
    “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.”


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