What We Believe
our Essential tenets
ECO and our Essential Tenets
Westminster is a part of the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). Ours is a new movement of Presbyterians driven by the desire to reach people with the Good News of the Gospel who have either never heard it or, having grown up in the church, find themselves now wanting to return.
If you were to think of ECO as a large tent then our ‘essential tenets’ constitute the strong central pole holding up the entire structure. We start by declaring that our one authority for what to believe and how to live is found in the Word of God – the Word in Scripture, the Bible, and the Word Incarnate, Jesus. Next we affirm that God is one (we are ‘monotheists’) and has revealed himself to us in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (we are Trinitarian monotheists). We also affirm that God the Son, Jesus, is fully divine and fully human.
Presbyterians are part of the Reformed Protestant family of Christians. As reformed Christians we affirm that there is one and only one means of salvation and that is by God’s grace in Christ. Next we affirm that God has elected us for both salvation and service. Our salvation is God’s doing from first to last and once saved we are called to lives of service. We next affirm that as Christians we are called to live out our faith in and through the covenant life of the church, using our gifts to build one another up in the faith. We also affirm that God calls us to be faithful stewards of all life – both the physical and spiritual are important, both justice and evangelism, care for creation and care for the souls of people. Finally we believe it essential to live in obedience to the Word of God. We conform to what the Bible teaches and use Scripture as the interpretive lens through which we look at American culture at the beginning of the 21st century.
Know. Mature. Serve. These three words summarize Westminster’s ministry. We want people to know God personally through faith in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior. Next we want to help one another mature in our faith – intellectually, spiritually, and practically. Finally, we want to give people the opportunity to serve God’s people and world through sharing the Good News of the Gospel and through acts of justice and compassion.