UPC is an ecumenical
Church (a universal church). It is one way of being a Christian. As
Presbyterians, we believe we are part of God's household. As human
beings, we are "reformed, and always being reformed according to the Word of God." We are forever a work in progress, always seeking to better understand God's will for us, and to respond accordingly.
We are a connectional
Church. Being Presbyterian means that we believe we need others to
discern God's will. We need others to do just about anything. The reason
we do almost everything by committee is that we think the Church makes a
lot more mistakes when too few people have too much power.
We are a missional Church. We as Presbyterians do not exist to maintain itself, but to embody Christ's love, mercy, justice and peace in the world.
We are a confessional
Church. We as Presbyterians have a Book of Confessions, a collection of
theological documents written at different times through the years when
questions within the Church or circumstances beyond it made it
necessary to state publicly (or "confess") our basic understanding of
God, the Gospel, and how we are to live as a Church as a result.