Inviting in, Building up, Sending out

About

There’s lots more about us, if you’re still interested and curious! Here are some great links to more and more about this congregation that makes us special, unique, and important in Oconee County, Georgia.

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Why we are

Mission

We, the members of Oconee Presbyterian Church, a loving family of faith, believe we are called by God to:

  • Invite in all people to constantly discover the love and grace of Jesus Christ

  • Build up one another in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, encouraging everyone to discern & use their gifts

  • Send out empowered disciples to our community and the world to share God’s love in Word and deed, and to relieve suffering in Christ’s Name

Vision

We envision Oconee Presbyterian Church as a dynamic, thriving community of faithful followers of Jesus Christ in the heart of Oconee County, Georgia, accessible and available to serve the needs of the community and where:

  • young people love to be

  • single people feel included and appreciated

  • families of all kinds find support and encouragement

  • children are nurtured and cherished

  • seniors are honored

  • people of all ages connect with God and one another

  • diversity is celebrated

  • disciples are empowered to serve

Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles are defined by God’s mission in the world revealed in Jesus Christ who came to seek and save the lost. He commissions us to go into the world and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20)

Our highest calling is to learn to love God with our heart, mind, soul and strength; to learn to love one another as Christ has loved us; and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40 and John 13:34-35)

Worship is the heart of our life together, and we believe that the work of God flows from the Spirit-filled worship of God. (Psalm 95:6-7, Matthew 4:10)

Scripture, faithfully interpreted in the power of the Spirit, is our guide for faith and life. (Hebrews 4:12, James 1:22, Matthew 4:1-11)

We keep our hearts and minds open, believing that the Spirit will lead us to do new things & be new people as we listen to God through prayer, scripture & fellowship with one another.(Isaiah 43:19, Acts 2:17-18, Romans 8)

Fun is another word for the fruit of the Spirit, joy, and is a sacred activity. (Acts 2:46-47, Galatians 5:22)

We practice forgiving one another. Accepting God’s forgiveness, we freely extend forgiveness and caring to one another. (Matthew 6:12, Ephesians 4:32)

We strive to live as servants in the world, following Jesus’ example. (Matthew 20:28; John 13:14-15; Matthew 25:40)

We seek to be faithful stewards, doing all things with excellence and integrity. (Colossians 3:17)

We believe in the power of prayer. (1 Timothy 2:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10, Acts 2:42)

We bear one another’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)

 

Who we are

 
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Session

The leadership of a Presbyterian Church is the Session. Members of the congregation are nominated and elected by the congregation, then ordained as Elders. They lead and guide the church…

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Staff

The Pastors, Directors, and Support staff follow the guidance of the Session. They help organize and communicate the many different programs and ministries, as the Session imagines…

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Congregation

We are young to old. We are from many different denominations. We are red and blue and everything in between or beyond. We are believers, doubters, skeptics, and wonderers. All are welcome here…

 Our Story

This congregation was first imagined in the late 1990s, and has grown, changed, built, and evolved over the 20 plus years of our existence…

Our Campus

We invested in a wonderful location right in the heart of Oconee. We built a modern, classic, multi-purpose space, and try to use our land for community fun, fellowship, and food…

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Denomination

 
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Presbytery

Presbyterian Churches in a geographical region meet together as Presbytery. Presbyteries help Clergy and Congregations have the courage and boundaries to serve God’s coming kingdom.

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Synod

Presbyteries in a region are grouped under the middle governing body called a Synod. The Synod helps Presbyteries be empowered and accountable to God’s mission.

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General Assembly

The whole nation of Presbyterians are organized as a denomination, for us the Presbyterian Church USA, and we meet together every two years as one big conference called the General Assembly.