Heirs of a Tradition
We recognize that, even if our primary identity is “Christian” there are no Christians who have not been influenced more strongly by particular theological and historical strands of the church. Rather than hide or deny our particular heritage, we claim it (both the good and the bad!) so that we might be guided and informed by it, as well as affirm it, critique it and love it. We are:
We lament that in mainstream media this has been co-opted as a political term or voting bloc. But we affirm its original theological meaning which has nothing to do with political allegiances and everything to do with our commitment to the evangel–the Good News of Jesus Christ–and our mandate to go make disciples, proclaiming and working for the Good News of both communal justice and peace through the coming of God’s Kingdom in our world and personal salvation of peace with God, new life and eternity with Christ.
We take Scripture seriously as an authority for our lives without parallel, and believe that in it God has revealed God’s purpose for humankind. In reading Scripture through the lens of the Reformed theological tradition, we emphasize God’s sovereignty in all things, God’s movement towards us first, and our absolute need of God’s grace as expressed through Jesus Christ.
“Presbuteros” is a New Testament word meaning “elder,” whichsimply means we are prayerfully governed not by pastors or bishops, but by elders–spiritual leaders–chosen from among and elected by our congregation. This emphasizes the fact that God calls many to lead the church through the gifts of leadership and discernment; pastors and non-pastors alike are equal before God in this calling. While each congregation has a tremendous amount of individual freedom, we’re still accountable and connected to a larger body, called a presbytery, which is the body of churches in a given geographical area. CKPC is a member of the Seattle Presbytery, a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination. We are also a member of the Fellowship Community, a group within our denomination committed to an orthodox interpretation of scripture and expression of our faith.