What does it mean to be Presbyterian?

Presbyterian comes from the Greek word presbuteros which means "elder" and refers to the custom of choosing leaders and advisors from among the wisest members of the church! A Presbyterian Church is a representative democracy governed by Elders elected from and by the congregation. The overall church structure consists of 4 governing bodies. The body of elders, along with the ordained minister(s) forms the governing body of a local church called the Session. Sessions from several congregations and their ministers form a Presbytery who oversees the local churches. Representatives elected from their Presbytery form a Synod, who oversees several Presbyteries. The General Assembly is the national governing body made up of equal numbers of lay people and clergy chosen by the presbyteries. 

Westminster is a member of the Cherokee Presbytery, and the Synod of South Atlantic.



Membership into the Presbyterian Church is granted in one of the following ways:

 Profession of faith in Jesus Christ
 Re-affirmation of faith in Jesus Christ
 Transfer of membership from another Christian denomination

The pastor or any member of the Session can assist you with questions regarding membership at Westminster.