About Us

About Us

Our doctrine and confession

We are a Presbyterian congregation — it’s in our name! Presbyterianism is a stream of the Reformed tradition, flowing from Scotland and Ireland. Reformed theology emerged from the Reformation, as the Holy Spirit worked through Reformers like John Calvin and John Knox to recover not only biblical doctrine, but also biblical church government and worship. As a Reformed church, we are committed to the historic Christians creeds — the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds — and the historic Reformed confessions, particularly the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Shorter and Larger catechisms. We believe that our creeds and confessions faithfully summarize biblical doctrine.

The Westminster Confession and Catechisms are our doctrinal standards. If you want to know the doctrine we are committed to teaching, these documents will give you the best understanding. However, these are lengthy documents, so click here for a summary of a few major heads of doctrine.

Our Denomination

Our congregation is part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). We believe that Christians thrive in community with one another, which is why Christ came to build His church (Matthew 16:18). But the same is true for local congregations: churches thrive in community with one another! As a PCA church, we are in fellowship with every other PCA church, particularly those in our geographic region (called Pacific Presbytery). Our Presbytery, and our denomination as a whole, provides us with guidance and accountability, as we seek to further Christ’s Gospel and Church in Las Vegas. To learn more about the PCA, click here.

Our Polity

Polity refers to church government, and our polity is in our name — Presbyterian. The word Presbyterian comes from the New Testament Greek word “Presbyter,” meaning elder. So, Presbyterian church government is “elder-led.” We believe that Christ established the government of His Church in the New Testament, and it consists of Teaching Elders, Ruling Elders, and Deacons. Ruling Elders lead and oversee the church, especially concerning themselves with the spiritual welfare of our members. Teaching Elders share the same authority as Ruling Elders, with the additional responsibility of preaching God’s Word and Administering the Sacraments. Deacons are servants, and they serve the church by caring for those in need. The Teaching and Ruling Elders of SMPC gather together as a Session, and gather with elders from other churches in our region as a Presbytery. To learn more about our polity, click here.

Our vision

Spring Meadows Presbyterian Church (SMPC) exists to bring the truth of the gospel of grace to bear upon our city so that Christ may be known, loved, served, and worshipped, resulting in a spiritual, social, economic, and cultural difference in the quality of life in Las Vegas.