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Presbyterianism

Presbyterianism, whose bodies are also called Reformed Churches, share a common origin in the 16th-century Swiss Reformation and the teachings of John Calvin, and today is one of the largest Christian denominations in Protestantism.

There are about 75 million Reformed or Presbyterian Christians worldwide; about 2.5 million belong to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The name "Presbyterian" comes from the representational form of church government called presbyterian. In presbyterian churches, governing authority is given to elected lay leaders known as "elders" (or "presbyters"), who work with the congregation's ordained minister. Presbyterian belief and practice center on the Bible and the sovereignty of God.

  • Presbyterian Beliefs

    ## What do Presbyterians believe? In the Christian religion, Presbyterianism, whose bodies are also called Reformed Churches, share a common origin in the 16th-century Swiss Reformation and the teachings of John Calvin, and today is one of the largest Christian denominations in Protestantism... full article →
  • Presbyterian Branches

    ## Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or PC(USA) - Website - "Who We Are" - 2.5 million members - National offices in Louisville, Kentucky - History: - Formed in 1983 as a reunion of the northern (UPCUSA) and southern (PCUS) branches of the Presbyterian church that occurred during the Civil War - Much of early Presbyterian immigrants came from England, Scotland, and Ireland - First General Assembly held in Philadelphia in 1789, convened by Rev... full article →
  • Presbyterian Glossary

    Definitions of terms related to Presbyterianism. full article →
  • Presbyterian History

    ## What are the origins of Presbyterianism? In the Christian religion, Presbyterianism, whose bodies are also called Reformed Churches, share a common origin in the 16th-century Swiss Reformation and the teachings of John Calvin, and today is one of the largest Christian denominations in Protestantism... full article →
  • Presbyterian Organization

    ## How is the Presbyterian church organized? Presbyterian churches are characterized by a representational form of church government, in which authority is given to elected laypersons known as elders... full article →
  • Presbyterian Practices

    ## Presbyterians and worship Presbyterian worship services are characterized by the centrality of the Christian Scriptures. Bible readings and sermons that explain and apply its teachings are a central focus of each service... full article →
  • Presbyterian Timeline

    The history of Presbyterianism at a glance. full article →

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Title Presbyterianism
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Last UpdatedFebruary 18, 2017
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MLA Citation “Presbyterianism.” ReligionFacts.com. 18 Feb. 2017. Web. Accessed 20 Feb. 2017. <www.religionfacts.com/presbyterianism>

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