“Kirk” is the Scottish word for “church” (Presbyterianism has deep historical roots in Scotland).
Our Theology is Reformed
We stand in the theological tradition of the Reformation which emphasizes (among other things) the authority of Scripture, the sovereign rule of God over all things, that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only sacraments given to us by Jesus. You can check out the Westminster Confession of Faith for a full statement of the Reformed faith.
Our Church Government is Presbyterian
This means that we are governed by a group of elders (male and female) who are elected from the congregation to serve as spiritual leaders. “Presbyterian” comes from the Greek word for ‘elder’. The pastors are called teaching elders who lead along with the elected ruling elders.
Our Mission is Evangelical
The Kirk is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), a reformed denomination that is dedicated to the lordship of Jesus Christ, the authority of the Bible, and the world-wide mission of the Gospel. When the EPC started in 1981, the churches were determined that they would not disagree on the basic essentials of the Christian faith, but on anything that was not essential—such as the issue of ordaining women as officers or practicing charismatic gifts—we would give each other liberty. Above all, they committed themselves to loving each other and not engaging in quarrels and strife. The result is that when we get together in our regional and national meetings, we spend most of our time in worship and fellowship and almost none in arguing with each other.
The EPC consists of more than 600 churches with over 170,000 members. We have a world missions program with a priority on sending missionaries to unreached people groups. We are eager to plant churches across the United States and especially in urban communities and college towns. We desire that every one of our congregations will be an outpost of the Kingdom, with every member viewing himself or herself as a missionary on a mission.