The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms has been our doctrinal foundation since our beginnings in 1981. Two versions are available for use in the EPC.
The traditional version with EPC-approved amendments is available for download. This version is, in main, the American version of the 1647 Westminster Confession of Faith. Chapter 24 (Of Marriage and Divorce) is the PCUS version as amended by the EPC. The EPC adopted chapters 34 (Of the Holy Spirit) and 35 (Of the Gospel of the Love of God and Missions), which are 1903 additions of the PCUSA.
The modern English edition adopted the EPC in 1984. The EPC publishes this modern English version, including Scripture references in the text, in two forms:
- As a free download in printer-friendly pdf format. Click here to download.
- As an 8 1/2 x 11 spiral bound book (item WC-SL), which can be ordered from the Resources page.
EPC ministers, Ruling Elders, and Deacons take a vow on their ordination saying that they “receive and adopt the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Scriptures." The 22nd General Assembly in 2002 commended the paper “What It Means to Receive and Adopt the Westminster Confession of Faith” by S. Donald Fortson III as a resource to understand this topic.