The Presbyterian Church of Queensland (PCQ) is dedicated to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are lost, both here in Australia and elsewhere. In doing so, we remain firmly committed to the Reformed faith as the most consistent presentation and outworking of Biblical Christianity.
The PCQ is a part of the Christian Church throughout the world. It holds strongly to the Bible as its rule of faith and life. As a church, we have a passion for God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and a passion for people. This means that in all that we do we seek to bring glory to God and to be aware of where he is leading us through his Word and Holy Spirit.
The Presbyterian Church has had a presence in Australia since the settlement of Scottish immigrants, however the Presbyterian Church of Queensland officially commenced in 1876.
The Presbyterian Church of Australia is a federation of State Presbyterian Churches formed in 1901. Within this federation, the six State Churches preserve their own identity, although they have voluntarily handed over certain responsibilities to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. The PCQ also includes Darwin Presbyterian Church and performs administrative function for/service to the Presbyterian Church of South Australia.
The Church’s name comes from the Greek word ‘presbuteros’, which is the word for an elder or a mature Christian leader in the New Testament. The use of the name Presbyterian reflects the Church’s aim to be faithful to the Bible’s teaching on the Church. In its wider use, the name Presbyterian has also come to include the distinctive doctrine, discipline, worship and practice of the churches which returned to Biblical foundations in Europe at the time known as the Reformation.
Technically “Presbyterian” explains how the Church is governed by a group of local leaders. A Presbyterian Church does not function as an “Episcopal” or Bishop-led Church. There are no individuals with the power or authority of a ‘bishop’ in some other churches. On the other hand, the Presbyterian Church does not have a congregational style governance, instead elders are elected to lead and make some decisions for the congregation. Therefore, not all decisions in the life of a local Presbyterian church are made by simple majority at the congregational level. More broadly, the Presbyterian Church of Queensland is a body, where individual congregations share a connection with all the others through Presbytery (Regional) and Assembly (State-wide) gatherings.
What We Believe
We believe that humanity was created for relationship with God. However, we were estranged from God because we chose to live in opposition to Him. This defiance of God is called Sin. Jesus Christ is the only way people can be reconciled and reconnected to God. Jesus’ paid the penalty for our rebellion against God in his death at the cross, opening the way for forgiveness. Jesus’ resurrection demonstrates that he has defeated death, making possible an eternity united with God for all who place their trust in Him. We need to respond to Jesus’ actions with repentance and faith, turning from our defiance of God and humbly following Christ. If you would like to know more about what it means to be a Christian and believe in Jesus Christ as your King and Rescuer, we encourage you to read the Gospel of Mark, find a local church that teaches the Bible, and check out at a simple outline of what it means to be a Christian, like the Two Ways To Live presentation or this video explanation of the Story of the Bible.
In the PCQ, we firstly hold to God’s inspired words in the Bible, where we come to understand Jesus Christ. We are also a ‘confessional’ church. This means we have a written document that states concisely what we believe the Bible teaches. In the case of the Presbyterian Church, our ‘document’ is called the Westminster Confession of Faith. It certainly is not equal with the Bible in authority, but helps us understand the Bible.