What is the Presbyterian Church in America
The PCA is a denomination that was formed in an effort to champion the biblical and confessional doctrines of the historic Reformed faith, and to stand against the current trend of compromising those things. At the time of the PCA’s formation, many mainline Presbyterian churches, as well as many other mainline denominations, were no longer standing firm on beliefs such as Sola Scriptura (the belief that the Scriptures are the authoritative and infallible written word of God) or the historic confession of Presbyterianism (the Westminster Confession of Faith). Therefore, in 1973, 260 Churches left the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) and formed the PCA. The PCA has maintained its original convictions and commitment to both Scripture and the Westminster Standards. Now with over 3200 congregations, the PCA is one of the fastest growing denominations in the country.
As a member church of the PCA, our church government or polity follows the presbyterian model. This means that our local church is governed by a session. The session is made up of the teaching and ruling elders elected by the congregation. Above the local session, there is the regional presbytery, which is comprised of teaching and ruling elders from all local congregations in the region. Finally, there is the General Assembly, which is comprised of teaching and ruling elders from all PCA churches in the country. This system provides an umbrella of authority, accountability, and protection for both laypersons and church officers. By utilizing this biblical method for governing the affairs of the church, we are afforded a means for settling doctrinal and practical issues in an orderly and thorough manner.