WHO WE ARE
Alps Road Presbyterian is an ECO congregation. This is the Presbyterian denomination formed in 2012. It is the fastest growing denomination in the United States. As with all Presbyterian denominations, ECO has a representative form of government. This means we elect elders to govern the life of a local congregation. The word "Presbyterian" comes from the Greek word for"elder" and literally means "governed by elders." ThePresbyterian Church originated with the theology of John Calvin and theProtestant reformers in Geneva, Switzerland in the 1500’s. Our heritage runs through Scotland and was influenced by John Knox. The first PresbyterianChurch was founded in America in the 1700’s.
We are beginning a new phase of church life
There is life and excitement at Alps Road Presbyterian. The church was founded in 1910, on the corner of Prince Avenue and Milledge, where the Dunkin’ Donuts now stands. In 1969, it moved to its present site on Alps Road. The first building was a fellowship hall and classroom wing. In 1983 the church sanctuary was built and in 2005 the latest addition was added. Our Mission Statement is to - GATHER as God’s people, GROW as disciples, and GO into the world as ministers of Jesus Christ. These three simple verbs give us a pattern for our life together. We gather in worship and fellowship. We grow in discipleship through a variety of programs. We go into the world through local and global mission outreach and by inviting others to come grow with us.
Our Presbyterian History
Being Presbyterian refers to a theological heritage started by Martin Luther and refined by John Calvin. The roots of the Presbyterian Church go all the way back to Protestant Reformation, led by Martin Luther. In 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 “theses” or questions for discussion on the church door (the town bulletin board) of his town in Wittenburg, Germany. Because of the recent invention of the printing press, within two weeks Luther’s disagreements with existing church doctrine were circulating all over Europe. The Protestant Reformation had begun.
The new reforms within the church soon attracted a bright young student in France, named John Calvin. Calvin, a lawyer by trade, wrote a brilliant articulation of this “reformed” faith, at age 29. He called it, The Institutes of the Christian Religion. People now refer to it as Calvin’s Institutes. His work attracted great attention because of its insight, depth, and clarity. Calvin eventually would settle in the town of Geneva, Switzerland and become an important figure in the new reformation of the church. The Presbyterian Church today finds it theological roots in the writings of John Calvin.
Our Form of Church Government
The word “Presbyterian” comes from the Bible, from the Greek word for “elder.” The Presbyterian denomination takes its name from its form of church government, which is to be governed by elders. There are various types of church government, such as “hierarchical” – the Roman Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist churches; “congregational” – Baptist and Congregational churches; and “representative” – Presbyterian Churches. The Presbyterian Church is a representative form of church government in which the congregation elects church officers to lead the congregation. The Presbyterian Church is representative at every level – Congregations elect elders to serve on the Session, Sessions elect commissioners to go to Presbytery meetings, and Presbyteries elect commissioners to go to Synod and General Assembly meetings. Our nation’s government was patterned after the Presbyterian representative model. Elders in the Presbyterian Church seek to discern the will of God for a congregation and vote their conscience before God. Our congregation has three classes of five elders serving on a rotating basis. The Vision Statement for Central’s Session is – “By example, to lead the congregation in the way of Jesus Christ.”
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