As one family under the lordship of Christ, Christian communities have organized themselves in a variety of ways to provide effective worship, pastoral care, discipleship, and service. While some Christians follow a model in which all decisions regarding theology and polity are decided by the individual congregation (congregational) and others abide by a hierarchical system of priests and bishops (episcopal), the Presbyterian form of government is based on eldership. Teaching elders (usually referred to as ministers or pastors) and ruling elders (usually referred to as elders) share in the care and oversight of the ministry of Christ at every level of our church.
There are four “courts” in our presbyterian system. Most of the important decisions that affect the church are made as women and men prayerfully meet to discern the mind of Christ: Session (at the congregational level), Presbytery, Synod, and, since 1875, the General Assembly.
Presbyterians Sharing is the national church fund that supports the mission and ministries we do together in Canada and around the world.
Presbyterians are sharing in a wide range of ministries from encouraging and equipping congregational renewal and development, to supporting inner city , native, refugee, urban, remote and chaplaincy ministries in Canada, to sending mission personnel to work with international partners.
Presbyterian World Service & Development is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. For over 65 years, our church has been actively working to serve marginalized and vulnerable people through Presbyterian World Service & Development. While the global context has evolved since PWS&D was first formed, what has not changed is a commitment to Christ’s message of love through justice, poverty reduction and support in times of disaster.
Funding for PWS&D comes directly from Presbyterian congregations and individuals across Canada. Your generous gifts allow PWS&D to seek additional funding from government sources such as Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and provincial councils, as well as through membership in other organizations such as Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) and Canadian Churches in Action (CCA).
The Presbyterian Record is the national magazine of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Since 2000, it has been published by the Presbyterian Record Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that is financially and editorially independent of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
The Record seeks to carry out a Presbyterian ministry to all members of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, providing editorial material that may offer comfort, support or challenge, all the while encouraging the growth in Christ’s grace of its readers.
While guided by Church policies, people and traditions, the Record maintains an independent editorial policy, based on the belief that an open and honest church press helps to build a vigorous church.
The Record, while never disparaging others, gives primary expression to those things Presbyterian and Canadian, guided by the principles of fairness and justice in offering expression to the various voices and points of view within the Presbyterian Church in Canada.