West Asheville Presbyterian Church

About us:

The West Asheville Presbyterian Church

Honoring God as a family by caring, loving and reaching out to others.

We pride ourselves as being a family oriented church, not simply a church of families, nor as a church for families but a church living AS a family.

Considered a small church by most standards, we strive to be a mission oriented congregation both in worldwide and local outreach programs.  We are actively supporting a combination of 25 mission projects and special offereings throughout the year.

Beginning in September, 2011 we will have a full Sunday School from Crib N Crawler (under 2) through adult.

We have many strong programs, including a choir and a bell choir and a Pre-school/Parents Morning Out program that is one of the best in the area.  We support and house a great number of groups and organizations as can seen by visiting our "Groups and Organizations" page.

We take an active role in caring for each other by having a Prayer Chain, praying for one another's needs as well as for theose loved ones close to any of our members, friends or neighbors.

See our "Contact us" page for contact information.

  Presbyterian Beliefs and Practices

Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him.

Calvin did much of his writing from Geneva, Switzerland. From there, the Reformed movement spread to other parts of Europe and the British Isles. Many of the early Presbyterians in America came from England, Scotland, and Ireland. The first American Presbytery was organized at Philadelphia in 1706. The first General Assembly was held in the same city in 1789. The first Assembly was convened by the Rev. John Witherspoon, the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence.


What is distinctive about the Presbyterian Church?

Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.


Presbyterian theological beliefs

Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. That means that we believe that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation through Jesus is God's generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone's job--ministers and lay people alike--to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.



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