Why Presbyterian?

Windwood is not a congregational church. What does that mean? It means that Windwood is a part of a larger body of believers who are connected by a common understanding of the faith. We firmly believe we can accomplish more by being connected with other like-minded congregations that we can by ourselves.

The name ‘Presbyterian’ comes from the Greek word for elder, and it means that the church is ruled by a board of elders called the Session. Each congregation within a given geographical area is called a ‘Presbytery’ and all the Presbyteries together make up a Synod.

Windwood is part of a Presbyterian denomination called ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. This is a new denomination that formed in 2013 and now has over 200 congregations nationwide. It is not the largest Presbyterian denomination (or the smallest) but the core beliefs of the denomination make it a good fit for Windwood.

In 2014, Windwood left the PC(USA), the denomination we had been a part of, because that denomination had gone away from the historic tenets of the faith. We are pleased to be part of a new faithful denomination in ECO and look forward to working with other churches, both Presbyterian and otherwise to advance the cause of Christ in our hurting society.

For more information on ECO, click here.