What We Believe:
We are an ECO Presbyterian church. Our faith is based on the Bible (Old and New Testaments). Of course, the Bible is fairly long, so we have condensed our most important beliefs into a document called our Essential Tenets. You can download a copy by clicking the button below. A ten-class video series discussing the Essential Tenets of ECO can be accessed from our Resources page. Click here for a direct link to the video series.
Our faith is also expressed in a set of documents called our Confessional Standards. These are statements of faith written by our fathers and mothers in the faith. They include: the Nicene Creed, the Apostles Creed, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Westminster Standards, and the Declaration of Barmen. We recognize these as reliable guides to what the Bible teaches. You can download a copy of our Confessional Standards by clicking the button below.
People sometimes ask, What does Presbyterian mean? It means our church is led by elders. The congregation elects people to serve as elders. These elders, together with the pastors, govern the church. You don’t have to be old to be an elder. The title is meant as an honor, and it comes from the Bible. See, for example, 1 Timothy 5:17 and 1 Peter 5:1-3. The churches in the New Testament had elders, so ours is a biblical model of organizing the church. Our elders are elected to serve a three-year term. Both men and women can be elders in our church. The word Presbyterian comes from the Greek word presbyteros, which means “elder.”
Want a quick snapshot of what we believe? Scroll down for a quick summary!