Uh yeah, I’m not presbyterian…
We completely understand that you may not consider a Presbyterian church, because you don’t consider yourself “Presbyterian.”
If you asked people in our congregation, many would say they don’t necessarily consider themselves Presbyterian, they just go to a Presbyterian church. We actually like it that way. Presbyterianism is simply a form of church government, which means we don’t want to treat it as though it were a brand.
Regardless of your church background, we want you to be a part of Rockwall Pres because of our love for Christ, or desire to serve him, and the life of our church family.
“What does ‘Presbyterian’ mean?”
We get this question a lot. In short, the word "Presbyterian" comes from the Greek word "presbuteros" used in the Bible, which simply means "elder." Presbyterian church government is a representative form of church government, very similar to how our democracy works in our nation – we elect those that we would have lead us.
A Presbyterian church is simply led by a collection of elders that are nominated and voted upon by the church congregation. We feel it’s important for the congregation to elect its leadership and recognize those in the body that are called to lead and love. Therefore, it's the role of this body of elders to oversee and shepherd the church.
Rockwall Pres is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). We value accountability and being a part of a denomination that cares about the truth of the Scriptures and extending the kingdom of God to the ends of the earth. The PCA is broken up into smaller governmental bodies called presbyteries, of which we are members of the North Texas Presbytery.
WE'RE A DIVERSE CHURCH
You may have grown up in a different tradition. We tell everyone that being a member of Rockwall Pres in no way means that you have to be "Presbyterian in all things." Our congregation includes diverse church backgrounds – from Baptist, Bible Church, Catholic, Pentecostal, and non-denominational backgrounds. Becoming a member at Rockwall Pres is not a commitment to be Presbyterian; it's a commitment to the people and mission that God has given this church.
WE FOCUS ON OUR CALLING
Our ultimate goal as a church is to see you thrive as a disciple by growing in your love for Christ and others. We believe that our form of church government is evidenced in the Scriptures, as are other forms of church government. Yet ultimately, issues of church government are secondary to Christ's call for us to extend his kingdom to the ends of the earth.
Still have questions?
We’d love to hear from if you’d like to learn more about Rockwall Pres.