Contents

Purpose, Mission, Vision and Ethos of the Westminster Presbyterian Church

Purpose

Mission

Vision

Ethos

A brief account of its origin, history, nature, and privileges

The Beginning

A Confessional Church

A Reformed Church

Westminster Confession of Faith

A Presbyterian Church

Levels of government

Admission to membership and to office

Access

Agreeable to Scripture

WPC Development

Rationale

Westminster Presbyterian Church in the 21st Century

Part 1 : DOCTRINE, GOVERNMENT, and OFFICES

Chapter 1 DOCTRINE AND GOVERNMENT

Doctrine

Government

Chapter 2 OFFICES

Gifts and Offices

The Presbyterate

The Diaconate

Officers' Ordination and Installation Questions

PART 2 : LOCAL, NEW and MISSION CHURCHES

Chapter 3 THE LOCAL CHURCH

The Local Church - its Nature

Communicant Membership

Non-communicant Membership

Associate Membership

Adherents

Voting Members

The Local Church - Its Meetings and Officers

The Local Church - Its Rights

Chapter 4 NEW CHURCHES AND MISSION CHURCHES

Reception of Established Churches

Mission Churches>

Part 3 : THE GOVERNING ASSEMBLIES

Chapter 5 AN OVERVIEW

The Session

The Presbytery

The Synod

The Relationships of the Assemblies of Presbyters

Communication

Chapter 6 THE SESSION: ITS COMPOSITION, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND AUTHORITY

Composition

Responsibilities

Authority

Chapter 7 THE PRESBYTERY: ITS COMPOSITION, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND AUTHORITY

Composition

Responsibilities - organisational

Responsibilities - pastoral

Authority

Chapter 8 THE SYNOD: ITS COMPOSITION RESPONSIBILITIES, AND AUTHORITY

Composition

Responsibilities - organisational

Responsibilities - pastoral

Authority

Part 4 : PROCEDURES

Chapter 9 : STEPS TO THE OFFICES OF PRESBYTER AND DEACON

Steps to Ordination to the Vocation of Teaching Elder in the Office of the Presbyterate.

Status of Teaching Elder.

Steps to Ordination to the Vocation of Ruling Elder in the Office of the Presbyterate.

Steps to Ordination to the Office of Deacon.

CHAPTER 10 : ELECTION AND INSTALLATION OF RULING ELDERS AND DEACONS

10.1 Ruling Elders.

10.2 Deacons.

CHAPTER 11 : TEACHING ELDERS: CALLS; INSTALLATION; RESIGNATION; DISMISSAL.

11.1 Call and Installation of Teaching Elders.

11.2 Resignation of Teaching Elders.

11.3 Dismissal of Teaching Elders.

CHAPTER 12 : CHURCH DISCIPLINE.

12.1 Nature and Purpose of Discipline.

12.2 Scriptural Principles in the Exercise of Discipline.

12.3 Jurisdiction of Church Assemblies.

12.4 Formal Exercise of Discipline – Preparation for Trial.

12.5 Formal Exercise of Discipline – Procedure During Trial.

12.6 Formal Exercise of Discipline – Forms of Censure.

12.7 Restoration.

12.8 References, Referrals, and Appeals.

CHAPTER 13 : AMENDMENTS

13.1 Book of Church Order.

13.2 The Westminster Confession of Faith.

13.3 Restriction of Right to Amend.

APPENDIX 1. Subscription to the Subordinate Standard.

Constitution of Westminster Presbyterian Church

The Constitution

Objects

Doctrine

Members

Government

Powers

Finances

Common Seal

Dissolution or Discontinuance

Amendments