What We Believe

Organization of the Presbyterian Church Government

The primary point of Presbyterian belief is that Christ is the head of the church rules the church.  Because Christ directs the entire church as a body, we believe that no special group exists within the church that is of a higher spiritual order than any other. Those selected to govern the Presbyterian Church are chosen by the congregation because of their special leadership skills.

Desert Palms Presbyterian Church is a member of:

Presbytery of the Grand Canyon – Presbyteries are the regional "governing bodies" made up of several churches.
Synod of the Southwest – Synods are the regional "governing bodies" made up of several presbyteries.
Presbyterian Church USA – The main governing body of the Presbyterian Church.


Confessional Banners
The Confessional Banners of the Presbyterian Church symbolize nine creeds and confessions from the early Christian era to the twentieth century. These historic statements of faith represent our Christian heritage from the Roman Empire to the Reformation, including contemporary reflections of faith in our own time.


PCUSA Seal  - The PCUSA Seal consists of a cross, scripture, a descending dove at the upper part of the cross, flames on either side of the lower part of the cross, and the name of our denomination, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) which encircles the symbol.

What We Believe - Everything you want to know about Presbyterians, distinctions, history and theological beliefs.

How to Speak Presbyterian - A short glossary of terms used by the Presbyterian Church.

Presbyterian Publications

Presbyterians Today Magazine
Book of Order and Book of Confessions
Horizons Magazine

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