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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.


Presbyterian churches are led by an elected group of Elders.  A Pastor is called by the congregation and serves under an agreement or Terms of Call.  Each congregation is part of a Presbytery and sends representatives to Presbytery meetings and committees.  A Presbytery is part of a larger group called a Synod.  Prebyteries and Synods often have a geographical basis, but not always limited to a single state.  The whole church convenes, through elected representatives, in a General Assemby, or in some cases a General Synod, at a specific interval determined by the denomination.  Issues are discussed and voted on at the General Assembly and in some cases need to be ratified by a certain percentage of Presbyteries before becoming part of the church laws or rules. 

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All quotations are taken from the denomination's website unless otherwise noted.