WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH
The Westminster Confession of Faith has undergone a number of revisions since it was originally produced in 1647. We have adopted some of the important revisions that bring it up to date, as well as a modern-language version that has carefully maintained the integrity of the document while providing greater accessibility to 21st-century readers. The Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms are our singular confessional standard. We affirm that it contains the system of doctrine taught by the Bible.
In addition to the Westminster Confession of Faith, we have developed “The Essentials of our Faith.” While we believe that all of our faith is important, some elements of that faith are absolutes. For example, it is essential that we agree on the meaning of the atoning death of Jesus on the cross. On the other hand, we do not believe it is essential to agree on the timing of Christ’s second coming. The EPC therefore has set forth these core beliefs of the Christian faith upon which there must be agreement, but permits latitude and (biblically based) differences of opinion on matters not considered essential to be a Christian.
MISSION OF THE CHURCH
WOMEN IN ORDAINED OFFICE
RIGHTS IN PERPETUITY
PER MEMBER ASKING
We do not have a “head tax” or “per-capita tax.” We do not believe that one court of the Church has the right to put a “tax” with obligation on another court. For example, a presbytery does not have the right to put a “tax” on a local congregation. The Presbytery or General Assembly asks for funds through the use of “Per Member Asking” (PMA), which is a contribution of the local congregation to fund the mission of the Church.