Headquartered at Church House in Belfast, built in 1905 and modeled on St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh
300,000 people in over 560 congregations
Beliefs: Presbyterianism is characterized by "strong emphasis on the Sovereignty of God, the Kingship of Christ and the authority of the Bible."
Irish Presbyterianism traces its roots to Scottish migrations in the early 17th century
First presbytery was formed in 1642 by chaplains of a Scottish army that had come to Ireland
Divisions in 18th century over subscription to Westminster formularies – Scottish Covenanters and Seceders
Founding member of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches
Reunion in 1845 between the General Synod of Ulster and the Secession Synod (or Seceders) to form the PCI
Worship: "The preaching of the Word of God is central, in a setting of prayer and praise. There is no fixed liturgy. Prayers and hymns, psalms and paraphrases, Scripture reading and sermon are adapted to the needs of the occasion."
Supreme standard is scripture, subordinate standard is Westminster Confession of Faith
Openness to salvation of infants and those with no knowledge of Christ
Clarification that predestination is not to evil and man still has responsibility
Fallen man is capable of virtuous actions, though not faith
"1991 Min. 84 XIX. Only men shall be eligible for admission to the Ministry of Word and Sacraments in the Presbyterian Church of Australia and all rules and regulations of the Assembly and services of Ordination shall be construed that reference therein to ministers of the Word and Sacraments shall refer only to men."