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Who We Are:  
 

 
 
 

Our Beliefs:  What it means to be a Presbyterian

Spring Lake Presbyterian Church, is a member of the Central Florida Presbytery  which is part of the South Atlantic Synod, which makes up a collection of congregations of the Presbyterian Church, USA . Being part of this larger body is a significant part of our identity. It forms and shapes how we work together in mission and ministry.

The word Presbyterian describes a particular type of church government, and not our theological beliefs which are reformed. The word Presbyterian derives from the Greek word presbuteros-which means elder. Presbyterians elect members of the church as officers who represent the congregation in church affairs, thus we have a representative form of government. In fact, America's representative democracy was based on this model. At least fourteen signers of the Declaration of Independence were Presbyterians and the only cleryman to sign was a Presbyterian minister.
 
We Are PRESBYTERIAN. In the New Testament, "PRESBUTEROS" means "elder" and refers to the custom of choosing leaders and advisors from among the member of the church.

We Are the CHURCH of Jesus Christ. Jesus called us His "ECCLESIA", His people who are called out of the world to both learn of God and serve God through His teachings. We are members of the Body of Christ throughout the world.

Presbyterian is a denomination of Christianity which is democratically organized to embrace the faith common of all Christians. The local church is governed by elders who are elected from and by the congregation. Active elders make up the decision-making body called the Session.

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