What We Believe


Northminster is a member of The Fellowship Community, which grew out of the merger of Presbyterians for Renewal and the Fellowship of Presbyterians.

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Our Mission

Joyfully share the gospel of Jesus Christ through worship, discipleship and service, with our local and global communities.

 

Our Purpose

Connect people with Jesus.
Grow as disciples of Jesus.
Serve in Jesus’ name.

 

Our Vision 

Connect

  • With Jesus Christ: A personal relationship with God by grace, through faith. We joyfully worship and glorify God as a way of life.
  • With God’s Family: A relational connection of family with the Body of Christ called Church. We celebrate our gifts and unity in Christ as we live in Jesus’ community.
  • With Our Neighbors: A relation of mission, witness and service with the world through grace and Christ’s call. We are equipped to share God’s gospel as we are scattered and sent.

Grow

  • In Hope: Planting seeds of hope, we are called to be evangelists and witnesses to offer Christ’s reconciliation and salvation.
  • In Faith: Branching out in faith, we affirm and are inspired by the revelation of God’s Holy Word, given in Scripture, which is the trustworthy and authoritative guide for our new lives.
  • In Love: Bearing fruit in love, we joyfully carry the cross of Christ’s compassion and sacrificial call to ambassadors of grace to one another and the world. We grow as stewards of God’s gifts; we grow as we love in his name.

Serve

  • One Another: We serve our brothers and sisters in Christ as we carry one another’s burdens. We serve best as we celebrate our unique gifts, but do that together as the one Body of Christ.
  • The City: We serve our city, Tucson, in order to bring the wholesomeness and goodness of God’s peace and to bear witness to the hope of Christ.
  • The World: We serve globally, with the Church of Jesus Christ around the world, in seeking to impact this world, despite distance and cultural differences, with the hope of peace and salvation in Christ.

Key Session Resolutions and Position Statements

Information on our commitment to the Confessing Church Movement, our position on ordination standards, and other key faith beliefs is available here.

Transformational Values

In accordance with what we have learned in our Presbytery Acts 16:5 renewal process, we will shape our lives by these transformational values, which derive from our shared faith and call in Christ.

Transforming Values that Shape our Service

  • We will seek to be Spirit-driven.
    “You do not have because you do not ask God.” – James 4:2
    “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
  • We will strive to be Biblically-based.
    “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.” – Psalm 19:7
  • We will be discipleship-directed.
    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
  • We will seek to be need-responsive.
    “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace (shalom).” – Numbers 6:24-26
  • We will be attentive to the gathered-scattered dynamics of our life.
    “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20
    “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” – John 20:21
  • We will work to be principle-patterned.
    “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” – Matthew 9:37-38

The defining practices of how we will try to do this will include: 1) bearing witness in our lifestyle, 2) practicing prayer, 3) caring for others, 4) centering our lives in God’s Word, 5) employing the “with me” concept in what we attempt, 6) and asking God to continually send us as his servants in this world he wants to re-claim in love. And lastly, 7) in the palm of our hand, the last key defining practice is worship, celebrating God’s goodness in the way we gather to praise his name.

We will make a commitment to ask God to develop both, these values and these defining practices, in our personal lifestyles, but also in our life as community, in each of these practices.


Our Heritage

Presbyterians… people claimed by Christ, and caring about Christ’s mission! It is a church of an inspiring past that is pointed towards God’s great future.

Where Did We Get This Name?

Who are We Presbyterians?

What Do Presbyterians Believe?


PC(USA) SealPresbyterians: Believers And Doers!

Stated clearly in our Book of Order (constitution) are the Great Ends of the Church:

“… the proclamation of the Gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.”

As seen in this statement, we are proud of our fine theological and biblical heritage of beliefs. Beyond mere faith, however, we are called to action and to live out our beliefs. We do mission and pursue these great ends of the church in all sorts of ways: through prayer, gifts, and a lot of personal effort so that the gospel of Jesus Christ is carried throughout the whole earth. In “good Presbyterian order,” we strive to plan well for ministries and programs that serve and address the real needs of society, that bring healing to those who are wounded, and that bring justice to the oppressed.

The Seal of the PC(USA)

The Seal of the Presbyterian Church (USA) contains the following symbolic components:

The cross,
The Bible,
The descending dove (symbolizing God’s Holy Spirit),
The pulpit,
Flames in a triangular configuration (symbolizing the Spirit’s power and the Trinity),
A fish (an early symbol of the Christian church),
And a baptismal font or a communion chalice.

 PS(USA) Seal