The PCA is a growing denomination in the United States, with over 1,693 churches and missions throughout the USA and Canada. There were over 340,000 communicant and non-communicant members as of 2009.Most of the Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest congregations are small, some don't have their own buildings, but they are rich in fellowship. The preaching is expository and both Bible- and Christ-centered, and sermons can be sampled on the web sites below. Worship within the presbytery's churches tends to be a blend of traditional Presbyterian liturgy and contemporary "seeker friendly" styles. Some congregations have taken a lead in adapting old hymns to new music. "Reformed" defines the doctrinal beliefs of the Presbyterian Church in America, which holds that the purest expressions of Scriptural doctrine are found in the Calvinistic creeds, particularly the Westminster Confession of Faith. Though the churches have a rich heritage; their leadership is forward looking and eager to face the challenges of ministry in the largely unchurched, secular and postmodern culture which is found in the Pacific Northwest.
The Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest's Teaching and Ruling Elders meet three times a year, and delegates participate in the General Assembly held in the early summer.
This page provides links to Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest Congregations' Home Pages, their Facebook and Twitter pages, and Audio Sermons which are available on many of their sites; as well as links to information on the Presbyterian Church in America, its agencies; and other Presbyterian and Reformed Denominations. For contact information, service times, maps and directions, see each church's individual web site. OnTheCity by Zondervan is used by a number of Presbytery Churches to help connect their members.
Reformed University Fellowships in the Pacific Northwest:
The vision of the P.C.A. is to be "faithful to the Scriptures, true to the reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. The P.C.A. exists to glorify God by extending the kingdom of Jesus Christ over all individual lives through all areas of society and in all nations and cultures. To accomplish this end the PCA aims to fill the world with churches that are continually growing in vital worship, in theological depth, in true fellowship, in assertive evangelism and in deeds of compassion." "Reformed" defines the doctrinal beliefs of the Presbyterian Church in America, which holds that the purest expressions of scriptural doctrine are found in the Calvinistic creeds, particularly the Westminster Confession of Faith.
The P.C.A.'s "representative form of church government" is rooted in its name -- "presbyterian". Local churches are governed by elders (presbyters) elected by the church members. These include both pastors and lay leaders. This form of government extends through the regional presbyteries, which facilitate connectionalism, to the national General Assembly, which expresses PCA's connectionalism and the bond of union between/among all the churches. The Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest is just one of seventy-six PCA presbyteries in the USA and Canada.
The P.C.A's historic roots go back to the Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and the Covenanters; and includes as well as courageous stands for God's Word against the inroads of Liberal theology both in the 1920's and 30's (in the Presbyterian Church (USA)); and in the 1960's and 70's (in the Presbyterian Church in the United States). Though the Presbyterian Church in America had its official beginnings in 1973; the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod -- which had its own roots going back to 1706 (Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.); and to 1774 (Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, General Synod) -- was "joined and were received" into the PCA in 1982. Those two strands of the RPC,ES had come together in 1965, when the Evangelical Presbyterians who had left the PCUSA because of the inroads of Liberalism in the 1930's merged with the RPC,NA in 1965. The Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest was a presbytery of the RPC,ES in 1982, made up of churches in Washington State. The Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest's boundaries have grown with the addition of churches in Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. It also included half of Canada for many years until that became the Western Canada Presbytery, PCA in 2006.
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