The Presbytery of East Tennessee
is a regional governing Council of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The presbytery is responsible for the government of the church throughout its district, and for assisting and supporting the witness of congregations to the sovereign activity of God in the world, so that all congregations become communities of faith, hope, love, and witness. - From G.0301 of The Book of Order.
supporting ministries and church professionals
Sixty-three churches make up the Presbytery, covering the region from Knoxville to Chattanooga, to Fairfield Glade, to Huntsville (TN).
Elders provide critical leadership for ministries throughout the Presbytery. We provide training, listening, and care for those who help discern God's direction for group ministries, whether in a church or other worshiping community.
If you're a Minister, Commissioned Lay Pastor, Educator, or Program Staff, we want your ministry to thrive. Whether preparing for ministry, starting or ending a ministry, or looking for resources for ministry, the Presbytery has a wealth of wisdom and care.
governing and serving together
Presbyterians strive to do things "decently and in order." We have a Book of Order, a Book of Confessions, and a Presbytery Manual of Operations to guide us as we work together. We have Policies to help us remember our corporate decisions.
Presbytery meetings are attended by elder commissioners from each church and by minister members of the Presbytery. We gather quarterly to make decisions on behalf of our shared ministries.