Our Governing Documents
Westminster Confession of Faith
Eagle Heights is a Reformed and Presbyterian Church. The word “reformed” is a reference to our historical link with the Reformation of the 16th century and identifies us as heirs of the theological and biblical tradition which came from Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox and other reformers.
Our church and the denomination we belong, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), has a written confession of faith which we believe to be a good and accurate summary of the Bible’s teaching. Our confession consists of the Westminster Confession of Faith and The Larger and Shorter Catechisms. These documents (available here) are not without flaw; yet we believe they do contain carefully worded summaries of the Bible’s truth. All ruling and teaching elders and deacons in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) must vow that they hold to these standards and are required to indicate to their presbyteries or sessions where they take exceptions.
Book of Church Order
The PCA maintains the historic polity of Presbyterian governance set forth in The Book of Church Order, namely rule by presbyters (or elders) and the graded assemblies or courts. These courts are the session, governing the local church; the presbytery, for regional matters; and the general assembly, at the national level. It has taken seriously the position of the parity of elders, making a distinction between the two classes of elders, teaching and ruling. It has self-consciously taken a more democratic position (rule from the grass roots up) on presbyterian governance in contrast to a more prelatical form (rule from the top assemblies down).