FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THE EPC?
WHAT IS THE EPC’S VIEW OF THE BIBLE?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PRESBYTERIAN?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE REFORMED?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE EVANGELICAL?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE MISSIONAL?
DOES THE EPC BELIEVE IN WORLD MISSIONS?
HOW DOES THE EPC COMPARE TO OTHER PRESBYTERIAN DENOMINATIONS?
HOW DOES THE EPC VIEW THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
We believe the Holy Spirit is active today in applying the benefits of Christ’s redemption and equipping the Church for service through the granting of spiritual gifts, including the gifts of office (Ephesians 4:8ff). We believe the church should encourage God’s people to serve Him with all the gifts the Spirit gives. The EPC consists of churches that believe the charismatic gifts are still given today, as well as churches that do not. This would be a prime example of a “non-essential.” We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is part of the new birth (1 Corinthians 12:13), but that every believer is commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit as part of the ongoing work of God’s grace (Ephesians 5:18). For more on the EPC’s view of the Holy Spirit, see our Position Paper on the Holy Spirit.
WHAT ABOUT ISSUES LIKE HOMOSEXUALITY, ABORTION, AND EUTHANASIA?
We look to the Bible as a rule of faith and practice on such issues. For example, we believe that homosexual practice, like many other behaviors, is sinful. Regarding abortion, we believe the Bible does not distinguish between prenatal and postnatal life, thereby attributing personhood to an unborn child. Our positions on these and other issues can be found in our Position Papers.
WHERE IS THE EPC CONGREGATION NEAREST TO ME?
You can use our Church Locator. If there is not an EPC church in your area but you would like to start one, call the Office of the General Assembly at 407-930-4239. We want to talk to viable and compatible groups of people who are interested in church planting!
WHAT IS THE EPC’S VIEW ON WOMEN IN ORDAINED OFFICE?
While this is a topic about which many Bible-believing Christians feel strongly, we believe there can be genuine unity amid diversity on this subject. Each congregation has the right to decide whether to have women officers. The local congregation, subject to presbytery approval, determines whether they will have women serving as pastors. Whatever a congregation’s view of office, we believe that women should be encouraged to serve as God has called and gifted them. For more on this topic, see our Position Paper on the Ordination of Women.
IN THE EPC, WHO OWNS THE PROPERTY OF A LOCAL CHURCH?
DOES THE EPC HAVE PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS OR WOMEN?
HOW ARE CHURCHES REPRESENTED IN THE EPC?
Every church has the right to send representatives to presbytery (regional body) and General Assembly (national) meetings. Further, our form of government attempts to achieve a two-to-one ratio between lay leaders (Ruling Elders) and ministers at those levels. This provision helps keep the EPC from being a clergy dominated denomination.
HOW BIG IS THE EPC?
As of January 2018, we have more than 600 churches with approximately 175,000 members. And we’re growing!