What We Believe
Faith Compassion Heritage Fellowship
We believe the story of God’s desire for our world as related in the Bible.
- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” We believe that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God. In the fullness of time, he walked this earth in the area of Galilee.
- “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Our world, including all people and creatures in it, was created good. Therefore, we are called to care for all of creation. Therefore, we are an Earth Care Congregation.
- “God created them in the image of God.” All persons are created equally in the image of God. Therefore, all are welcome to join us for worship. Click here to read our Statement of Welcome.
- “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me.” The Spirit of God moves freely through the world, and through the people of God, to bring Creation to wholeness. Therefore, we are committed to involvement in compassion and outreach efforts that promote healing, helping and peacemaking.
- “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” We believe that the world as it now is good in many ways, and also broken in many ways. Our efforts will not be enough to bring creation to the perfection that God intended. Therefore, we look to the time to come when all tears will be dried, all brokenness healed, all peace restored.
History of Second Presbyterian
The word Presbyterian refers primarily to the way the church is governed. Presbyterian comes from the Greek word “presbutero” meaning “elder” or “ruled by elders.” Therefore, Presbyterians are distinguished from other Christian denominations by a representative form of government, where officers are elected from among the congregation’s membership. This representative form of government ensures that the people’s voice is heard.
Learn more about the history of Second Presbyterian.
Our Session is comprised of at least 18 Ruling Elders who are responsible for the spiritual leadership and governance of the church. Leaders are elected by the congregation each year and serve three-year terms.
Our Diaconate is a board consisting of at least 27 Deacons who actively add leadership across our various ministries and nurture the fellowship and care of the congregation. Deacons are elected by the congregation each year and serve three-year terms.
Youth are not only the future leaders of the church; they add leadership to the church today. We elect youth elders and deacons to our Session and Diaconate for a one-year term.