As a church we believe that every congregation is responsible for the spread of the good news in its own location. At the same time, we also believe that every local congregation is connected to every other, comprising one church, belonging together.
The Free Church expresses that connection in a Presbyterian system. That means that each local congregation is led by a group of elders (the New Testament Greek word for elder – presbuteros – gives us the English word presbyter, hence Presbyterian), at least one has been trained and given specific responsibilities for teaching and preaching.
Together, the local elders are known as the Kirk Session. Each local Kirk Session is represented at a regional level at a meeting called the Presbytery. Each Presbytery is represented at a national level at the annual General Assembly.
In this way, the Free Church seeks to ensure that we share a common vision, to ensure that we are able to offer support, and remain accountable to one another as members together of the Body of Christ, the church.