Who We Are

What Kind of Church is San Pedro?

We’re Presbyterian:  We uphold Christ as the head of the church and have a representative form of church government which means the power for setting church direction and policy belongs to the the people in the pews. Pastors and elected elders from our congregation oversee our local body (Session). We’re part of the Presbyterian Church (USA.) 

We’re Reformed:  Reformed theology gets its name from the the 16th century Protestant reformation in Europe and Scotland. The essence of our theology is God is in control, and for Him nothing is impossible. (Genesis 18:14, Jeremiah 32:17, Matthew 19:26) Consequently, our faith rests fully and solely on God’s faithfulness and grace, not our own meritsOur thanksgiving for Jesus Christ marks our lives with a gratitude that compels us to share the love of Christ in our community and to do justice, love mercy, and take God seriously. (Micah 6:8) 
 

We believe that people grow in faith by worshipping, studying the Bible,  serving, and reflecting:  This way of life, shown to us by Jesus, yields great blessing, and makes the most of our lives for God’s purposes of reconciliation, justice, and peace in the world

We welcome everyone: No matter where you come from, how much money you make, what you look like, what you dream about, a committed follower of Jesus, or someone who has never been to church and is curious about Jesus, you are welcome in this place.

We’re “family-sized”: We have just over 600 members, and about 300 are in worship each week. We know each other and care for one another as a family. God has brought together people of diverse ages and stages of life; and so, in our midst, you really do count for something. Your gifts and skills will be quickly recognized and used for the Glory of God.

Children and youth are an important part of our congregation:  Children and youth are an important and focal part of our congregation. We work to ensure their safety, their education, and their growth in the Christian faith. They are visible, valued and they have much to teach us all.

We read the Bible with reverence and intellectual engagement:  Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible. We believe the holy scriptures are inspired by God to convey deep truths. So we have an obligation to study Scriptures with care, and study them for literary and historical understanding, so we can hear the still-inspired word they have for us today.

Our community is driven by gifts:  We focus our attention not on what we lack, but what we have, as we need to make our lives and world a better place. By focusing on what we have, and following Christ with what we are uniquely gifted to do, we discover that our needs and the needs of the community and the world become met.

We immerse ourselves and our work in contexts different from our own:  Crossing over boundaries of class, race, and religion was Jesus’ business, and it is ours too. Getting out of our comfort zones, encountering strangers in love and discovering the blessings that come with this way of life is what our faith is all about.

We believe that Christians are supposed to make the world a better place:  We believe that we have been “blessed to be a blessing” (Genesis 12:1-3, Micah 6:9, Luke 12:48); and therefore, we seek to make an impact within San Antonio and the world to alleviate the effects poverty, oppression, and suffering. A Christian life is a life of service, especially with and for those who are vulnerable or marginalized. From volunteering with Habitat for Humanity to going on a mission trip, to feeding and serving the poor in San Antonio, there are dozens of opportunities to serve through San Pedro Church.

We are part of a global community:  We have active relationships in Mexico, Cuba, the Romania, South Sudan, and Kenya. We send ourselves, our mindfulness and our prayers to places all over the world, and keep ourselves mindful of the global mission and mindedness of Jesus.