Vision, Values, and Theology
Our Vision Statement
Tates Creek Presbyterian Church (PCA) exists for the glory of Christ and the good of the Bluegrass.
The Aim of the Downtown Campus
Our aim in starting a downtown site is to worship and serve with the people of downtown Lexington, the colleges in the Lexington area, and the neighborhoods of Kenwick and Chevy Chase.
- A Corporate Worship that reflects the transcendence and immanence of God.
- A Covenantal Community that embraces who we are, where we are, and what we will become.
- A commitment to God’s Word that engages the mind, nurtures the heart, and transforms lives.
- A Kingdom Vision that invites each member to sacrificially live and share the gospel.
All with prayerful dependence upon God's Spirit.
Our Theological Identity
TCPC IS PCA
This means that our church belongs to a denomination known as the Presbyterian Church in America, a relatively recent and conservative offspring of the largest and oldest Presbyterian denomination. This also explains our form of governance, which calls for our church to be led by elected elders who are themselves subject to a larger body known as the General Assembly.
TCPC IS REFORMED
The word “Reformed” links us to theological distinctives which have marked reformation believers, particularly those in the Calvinist tradition.
Reformed distinctives include the sovereignty of God in His creation, providence and election of believers apart from any merit of their own; the irresistible grace of God provided for and preceding the faith of the individual; the sufficiency of God’s grace apart from which man is dead in sin and wholly defiled in all his faculties of soul and body; the efficacy of Christ’s death for all those who believe in Him by grace; the safe-guarding of all those for whom Christ died for eternal life.
We seek to hold to our reformed convictions humbly, recognizing the sincerity and earnestness of Godly men and women who have other positions.
TCPC IS CONFESSIONAL
This means we have a written confession of faith. Our confession consists of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechism, which faithful saints developed through careful prayer and thought, as well as persecution and struggle. While these documents are not without flaw, we believe they do contain carefully worded summaries of the Bible’s teachings.