Many Presbyterians have never thought through what stands at the very heart of Presbyterianism: the church's organization both locally and on a wider scale.
This booklet is a basic introduction to Presbyterian church government, examining it in light of the example set by Christ and his headship. Useful for new members, officer-training classes, and those investigating Presbyterianism for the first time, this biblical look at the church and its function in the world can help to meet the deep needs of our postmodern generation.
Basics of the Faith booklets introduce readers to basic Reformed doctrine and practice. On issues of church government and practice they reflect that framework—otherwise they are suitable for all church situations.
Sean Michael Lucas is Associate Professor of Church History and Chief Academic Officer at Covenant Seminary, St. Louis. Sean has a BA (pastoral studies) and MA (theology/church history) from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC and a PhD (historical and theological studies/American Reformed tradition) from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA.
"Presbyterian[s] increasingly have little Presbyterian background. Lucas provides a terrific resource to get everyone up to speed. . . . Highly readable." — Bryan Chapell
"A brief, popular introduction to Presbyterianism [for] evangelicals interested in this part of the Christian family . . . Readable, sympathetic, and circumspect." — Ligon Duncan
"For conservative Presbyterians, Lucas provides a most helpful, inspiring account of both the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of our church identity." — Richard Phillips