Responding to God’s Word Thoughtfully, Creatively, and Courageously
A Diverse and Caring Community
We come from all over the world and from all walks of life. God has made us brothers and sisters to one another. To learn from and care for each other is part of our calling – a challenge sometimes, but more often a deep and abiding joy.
A Church in a Neighborhood
We are at one of the most fascinating crossroads in Richmond – with stately historic homes on the one side, and apartments and group homes on the other. We’re a meeting place for residents of both, as well as residents from all over the greater Richmond area. And we’re one block from Union Presbyterian Seminary, where students, staff, and faculty enrich the church’s understanding of God’s purposes for us and all the world. We gain great insight and energy in relationship with these folks.
A Part of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
We’re a connectional church – accountable to and supported by other members of the PCUSA. We believe God is sovereign, and people are meant to glorify and enjoy God forever. Our organization stresses the active, representational leadership of church pastor and members alike. (You can read more about reformed theology,our church government, theology and response to social issues here.)
A Purposeful Community
We aim to live into the Great Commandment God’s people have struggled and rejoiced to obey since the earliest of times. As Jesus put it, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.” We want to nurture such love – cherishing it, teaching people about it, encouraging its growth and development – in every member of the church. In a society like ours, where so many people feel judged, isolated, and afraid, we believe God’s love is a powerful force for healing and reconciliation.
GPPC affirms these values at the heart of what we share:
- Inspired and inspiring worship that shapes daily life
- Responding to God’s Word thoughtfully, creatively, and courageously
- Offering Christ-like service to our neighborhood, city, and world
- Experiencing and extending God’s abundant welcome
- Learning from and caring for our church community
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