The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was formed to be a denomination that is “Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission.” Bible-believing Presbyterians began the PCA in 1973, with 260 congregations and 41,000 members. The PCA is one of the fastest-growing Presbyterian denominations in North America, and is among the fastest growing of all Christian denominations. There are now 375,000 members in the PCA nationwide.
The PCA is an Evangelical and Reformed Presbyterian denomination. By “Evangelical,” we mean that we emphasize the gospel (the good news of salvation) through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, as well as affirming other orthodox Christian doctrines (i.e., the Trinity and Deity of Christ) and holding to the inerrancy of Scripture.
By “Reformed,” we mean that we are connected to the teachings of the historic church and the doctrinal beliefs recovered by the Reformation. These doctrinal beliefs are expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. All officers of the Presbyterian Church in America must personally subscribe to and uphold the teachings of the Westminster Confession of Faith.
By “Presbyterian,” we describe our representative form of church government. Local churches are governed by a “Session of presbyters” (elders), elected by the members of the congregation. Representatives of local churches within a geographical area compose a “presbytery.” Representatives of presbyteries meet annually at “General Assembly.” Thus, through the combined efforts and resources of all of the churches, we are enabled to advance God’s Kingdom much more effectively. The Committees and Agencies of the PCA help lead this Kingdom work.
For more information about the Presbyterian Church in America, visit the PCA’s website.