Our Beliefs

  • Our Beliefs

    As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, we subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Larger Catechism, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism as our statement of faith.

    The Westminster Confession and Catechisms were originally crafted by more than one hundred pastors and scholars representing England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales gathered at London’s Westminster Abbey over the course of seven years in the 1640s.  Their mission was to craft a document that summarized the teaching of Scripture on the vital doctrines of the faith and provide a source of unity and instruction for like-minded churches. What resulted was a work of great depth and pastoral wisdom that we consider to be of such value that the founders of our church in the 1970s chose to name our church after the Confession that binds us together.

    Below is a brief statement of faith that reflects our core commitments as a congregation.

    • We believe that the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts.  The Bible is our infallible and divine authority in all matters of faith and life;

    • We believe that all men are sinners and are totally unable to save themselves or even to cooperate with God in efforts to earn their salvation;

    • We believe that salvation is by God’s grace alone, who saves the people whom He draws to Jesus by His Holy Spirit.  He convinces them of their sin and enlightens them so that they repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as He is offered freely in the Gospel.  Because God alone knows who are His, we call on people everywhere to repent and to trust in Jesus Christ;

    • We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who became man and lived and died and rose again to atone for the sins of those who trust Him alone for their salvation.  Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man;

    • We believe that God’s Holy Spirit gives Christians the daily strength and wisdom they need to walk according to His will and to grow in holiness;

    • We believe that Jesus Christ shall return to judge all mankind and to receive His people unto Himself.

    To see a copy of the Westminster Confession online, click here.

     

  • Our Denomination

    The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was established in 1973 by a number of like-minded congregations seeking a denomination that was devoted to the authority of Scripture and the proclamation of the gospel to the nations.  The motto of the denomination at its founding is the same as it is today:

    “True to the Scriptures, the reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ”

    In the early days of the denomination, the PCA was largely comprised of congregations in the Deep South.  In 1983, the Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Synod joined and was received by the PCA, expanding the denomination into a truly North American church by bringing in congregations across the United States and Canada.  As we approach our 50th anniversary in 2023, the PCA has over ­335,000 members and 1700 churches, with the largest evangelical Presbyterian mission force in the world

    To learn more about the PCA, go to www.pcanet.org.

  • Our Leadership

    One distinctive of a Presbyterian church is the fact that each local congregation is governed by Elders (“presbyters”) chosen by the members of that congregation to rule as elected representatives.  The board of elders in a Presbyterian church is called “the Session,” and they are charged with the spiritual oversight and general well-being of the church. Elders currently serving on the Session are:

    • The Rev. Dr. Jeff Hamm (Moderator)

    • Stephen Moore (Clerk of Session)

    • John Alexander

    • Curtis Brown

    • Bob Fowler

    • The Rev. Pete Jackson

    • Chris LeCraw

    • Ricardo Lopez

    • Danny McKinney

    • Scott Questad

    • Paul Quiros

    • Winston Shurtz

    • Randy Stair

    The Deacons in a Presbyterian church are called to an office not of rule, but of service.  They also are elected to serve by the congregation. In addition to seeing to the practical affairs related to the church property and the collection and distribution of church offerings, they are to lead the congregation in showing mercy and practical acts of compassion both to the members of the church family who might be in need and to the wider community.  Deacons currently serving on the diaconate are:

    • Hunter Myatt (Chairman)

    • Stephen Owens (Secretary)

    • Mark Noel (Treasurer)

    • Nate Brex

    • David Duncan

    • Charles Flanary

    • Chris Poyo

    • Caleb Purcell

    • Michael Proctor

    • Michael Steffens

    Deacon Assistants are gifted men and women who are appointed by the Session to work alongside the diaconate in its ministry to the congregation and community.  Assistants currently serving with the diaconate are:

    • Biz Felker
    • Wanda Frey

    While we gladly affirm the equal dignity, worth and giftedness of men and women before God in both creation and salvation, we believe the Bible is clear in its instruction (cf. I Timothy 2:12-3:13 & Titus 1:5-9) and in the examples it sets forth (cf. Acts 6:1-7) that the offices of Elder and Deacon are open only to godly men called and elected to those tasks.  (For more, see Jesus, Justice, & Gender Roles:  A Case for Gender Roles in Ministry by Kathy Keller, Zondervan, 48 pages.)

     

     

  • Our Membership Pathway

    Membership at ChristChurch is open to those who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and who commit themselves to support the worship, work, purity and peace of the church.  In order to help prepare prospective members for that step, we offer a Membership Class several times during the year.

    The class is taught by a team of Elders and ordinarily meets on 3 consecutive Sunday mornings during the Christian Education hour, 9:15-10:15 am in room 200, though occasionally we offer it in a three-hour Saturday morning seminar  as well. The class is designed to help you learn more about the vision, values, organization, beliefs, and ministries of ChristChurch. The class is open to anyone wanting to know more about the church, and is required for those who wish to become members. Attendance does not obligate anyone to join, and all prospective church members must be interviewed by the elders as well.

    To express interest in membership or to inquire about the dates of the next class, please email Pastor Pete Jackson at petej@christchurchatlanta.org.

     

  • Our Vision

    From its earliest days, ChristChurch has been captivated by the words of the prophet Jeremiah to the Jews living in exile in Babylon in 6th century BC:

    “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:  Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce.  Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.  But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”  (Jeremiah 29:4-7)

    As a church in the heart of Atlanta that’s committed to being faithful to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed faith, and obedient to Christ’s Great Commission to proclaim the love and saving power of Jesus to the nations, the vision for ministry that shapes and motivates us is this:

    “To gather and grow a community of disciples who live for the glory of Christ and the good of the city.”

    To help us realize that vision, we’ve crafted (what we call) “A Framework for Ministry” designed to align our ministry’s structures & programs so that we can increasingly reflect in our life together the values of a biblical church as pictured for us in Acts 2:42-47:

    42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.

    46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."

    Here at ChristChurch, we use four key words to delineate those values & define our commitments as a congregation:  Worship, Nurture, Community, and Mission.

    • In Worship, we commit ourselves to celebrating the mighty acts of the God who created us, saved us, and called us together as one people in this place through His Son.

    • In Nurture, we commit ourselves to the process of “promoting the development”of the children, youth & adults of ChristChurch “by providing nourishment, support, and encouragement during the stages of growth” (Random House) through the regular study and application of the Bible to all of life, pursued in a relational context.

    • In Community, as we give ourselves to loving one another, serving one another, practicing hospitality toward one another, and spurring one another on toward ‘love and good deeds’ as fellow members of the household of God and the body of Christ in this place

    • In Mission, we call people to faith in Christ as he is offered to us in the gospel & demonstrate the love of Christ tangibly in acts of mercy and service to those in need as we reach out (as individuals & as a church) at the ‘intersections’ of life

    While a compelling Vision and biblical Values are essential for a church to establish an enduring, God-honoring ministry over time, without structures and activities that give tangible, real-world expression to those things, it will never happen.  We call those structures and activities Vehicles here at ChristChurch, and you’ll learn more about them as you look through the Ministries and Mission sections of this website.  Better yet, come visit and see for yourself!

     

What To Expect

  • When is the service?

    We have one Sunday morning worship service that begins at 10:30 am in the sanctuary.  Our Christian education classes for children, youth and adults meet 9:15-10:15 am every Sunday, September through May.  Nursery through 5th grade meets in The Woodland on 1st floor, adults meet on the 2nd floor, and 6th-12th grade youth meet in The Loft on 3rd floor.

     

  • How do I find you?

    ChristChurch is located at the corner of Peachtree Street and 25th Street, where Buckhead meets Midtown.  Free parking is available in the church’s surface lot and in the Peachtree 25th deck across the street, both of which are accessed from 25th.  For directions, click here.

     

  • How do I get in touch?

    We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have about our church, either before your visit or afterwards.

    To call us:  404-605-0505

    To email us:  lisab@christchurchatlanta.org

    To message us on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/christchurchatl

     

  • What should I wear?

    There is no dress code at ChristChurch, so don’t let clothes keep you away.  Most people come dressed in ‘business casual,’ though others will be a little more dressed up and still others less.  You are more important than your clothes.

  • What's your Worship like?

    Our worship service can well be described as ‘new traditional.’ Our order of worship is shaped by our commitment as Presbyterians to do in worship only those things that we see taught in the Scriptures where it instructs us how to worship God as His people.  The reading and preaching of Scripture, the singing of songs new and old, prayers of adoration and confession and petition and commitment, the affirmation of our faith using the ancient creeds, the celebration of the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, all enjoyed in the fellowship of God’s people, are all part of an ordinary service.

    Our music is a blend of rich traditional hymns and new expressions of praise, all of which blend together to the praise of God and the encouragement of His people.   To hear a sample of some of the songs we sing, click here.

    We celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on the first and third Sundays of each month, and gather for a special time of worship, praise and prayer called the “Praise-Be Jubilee” in months where there’s a fifth Sunday evening.  To see a sample of a typical worship service, click here.

     

     

  • What do I do with my children?

    Here at ChristChurch, we think it’s important for our covenant children to be present with us in worship as soon as they are able.  Since readiness to participate in the whole service differs from child to child, we also offer a program called, “Teach Me to Worship” for our 4-year-olds to 2nd graders along with a children’s church program for 3rd & 4th graders in our 1st floor children’s center called The Woodland.  The children who are going downstairs will be dismissed to their programs during the offering and can be picked up in their classrooms after the service.

    We ask parents to escort their younger children out to the lobby to meet their teachers for the walk down to their classrooms.  If you have not yet checked them into children’s ministry for the morning, we ask that you go with them downstairs to get a pickup sticker at the welcome desk on 1st floor so that our volunteers can release them to you after worship.

    Families in Worship Resource Tables can be found in both the 2nd and 3rd floor lobbies, and contain a selection of articles, books, and resources designed especially for kids to enrich the worship experience for those who remain in the service.  Prices for those resources for sale can be found at the table, along with payment options and instructions. Age-graded worship bulletins for children ages 3-12 and crayons are available in the lobby as well.

    For more information, click here.