What Presbyterians Believe
What is distinctive about the Presbyterian Church?
Presbyterians are distinctive in three major ways:
1) they follow a formulation of religious thought known as Reformed theology;
2) they have a form of government which stresses the active, representational leadership of ministers and church members;
3) and Presbyterian is a connectional body of worshipers who participate in mission, ministry and organizational oversight of congregations locally (through a presbytery), regionally (through a synod), and nationally (through the General Assembly).
Presbyterians believe the will of God may be better discerned by a collective body of believers rather than by a single individual, which is why the Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women who represent the diversity of the congregation.