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About Presbyterian Churches

Finding a local Presbyterian church can be as easy as opening the Yellow Pages; or, just get online and type in your city and the words: local Presbyterian churches. But then you look at a list and you begin to wonder. Is the closest one the best choice? Is there a difference in how local Presbyterian churches provide for their congregations? Did you know that not all local Presbyterian churches follow the same theology? The word Presbyterian in its title does not mean that each church is the same. There are at least three different types of local Presbyterian churches. Presbyterian Church of America is a large denomination. Another large denomination is called Presbyterian Church, USA. And there is also the smaller Cumberland Presbyterian. Presbyterian Church of America is often more conservative in its views. Generally local Presbyterian churches with this affiliation will note it by its initials: PCA. It has a theology more in line with Baptist and evangelical congregations. Another typical local Presbyterian church is one affiliated with Presbyterian Church, USA. This old denomination generally has traditional services with Sunday school offered in the mornings. Other activities might include Sunday night services, Wednesday night activities and youth group gatherings. These local Presbyterian churches are usually less conservative religiously. Its views are often Calvinist and include infant Baptism. Many PC-USA churches now have women elders and even women pastors. A third type of local Presbyterian churches is called Cumberland Presbyterian. Each church could lean either toward PCA or toward USA in its theological approach. Like the other two strains of Presbyterian churches, it offers traditional services and Sunday school.

More on Presbyterian Churches

Generally the larger a local Presbyterian church is, the more services it offers. Most local Presbyterian churches try to offer activities for different generations, such as Wednesday kids' activities and youth activities on either Wednesday or Sunday night or both. Once youve identified where the local Presbyterian churches are, it is a good idea to visit several. After all, different pastors have different styles of preaching. Identify to yourself what you are looking for. Does a choir matter to you? Do your teenagers need a youth group? Do your young children need a nursery? What is offered weekly, monthly, seasonally? Local Presbyterian churches seek to meet different needs as expressed by their congregation. Before visiting or after visiting, you might find that the local Presbyterian Church, which interests you, has a website. After all, many local Presbyterian churches make sure to have a presence on the web. Looking at past and present newsletters either in print or online can give you an idea of how the congregation and its minister express their faith. Most local Presbyterian churches call their own ministers. These pastors are not assigned to them but are decided by each local Presbyterian Church congregation. It might be interesting to find out how long each minister has been at the local Presbyterian churches. If they are content to stay and the congregation is content with them, it might mean you can find a place for yourself and your family there.

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