The ancient church is known to have several histories, with several reformations. The era of reformations gave birth to different movements from the original church, a notable one is the Presbyterian denomination. Different ways were employed in taking care of the congregation in those days, one method involves using elders as the leaders. They would be in charge of making important a decision that affects everyone, preaching is another important responsibility which they’d take up. This pattern of leadership is called the ‘Presbyterian leadership’, it is how the name was coined for this denomination. But originally, it’s a term used to refer to those that broke out of Scotland. A country which was popular because of its large worship building and vast congregations, it grew beyond imaginations.
The growth of the Church of Scotland eventually lead to reformations, invariably divisions began separating from the big congregation. It was arguably a large crowd which thrived during the era of British war. Presbyterians are one of the units that can be linked to this reformation, they have what was considered an updated belief about Christianity. They emphasized on the complete rule of God over mankind, and a need to consider the word of God head over all. These beliefs may be due to some ill performances perceived during their stay in Scotland before breaking out. Focusing on how people commit sins alongside its repercussions was not its primary assignment. Presbyterians focused more on grace, believing that God is can save all through his grace.
Just like every great reformation, there’s always a reformer, someone pushing the movement, a forerunner. A French man who was trained in theology enforced the Presbyterian movement, but he wasn’t the base where it all originated from. History records it that a Scotsman who was formerly a core member of Scotland’s Catholic community was the founder. He brought these teachings back to Scotland, from where it spread out to other regions, forming districts with different heads to take charge. The church wrote a book to guide them on the manner which they must behave, like a rule book, containing all necessary dos and don’ts. A core of their worship consist of confessions these were already made and considered to be believed by all making them.
Presbyterians established official documents that guided their worship and praise sessions, while elders primarily handle co-ordinations alongside preaching. Ministers were ordained, but they’d give special services only when called upon. After many years, some previous traditions were modified, even the rules that guided their general practices were altered a bit to suit modern times. A burning bush is shown clearly as a representation of what it stands for; it means not being consumed even though you’re burning or on fire.
The Presbyterian Church traces their history to a time when smaller units were breaking out of a much larger one. They had the backing on great theologians, and a new mentality which they preached on. With growing congregations, Presbyterians spread across Europe, even now, it can be found in virtually every continent.