UPCSA

Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA)

Our denomination is also widely known as the UPCSA. Since 1813 we preach and teach the Word of God and administer the Sacraments in South Africa, based on a reformed theology and confession. We were previously known as the "Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa" and grew from a Church planted by Scottish settlers, to a truly multicultural South African denomination. From the very beginning, we shared the gospel with all the communities and cultural groups in Southern Africa. At the end of the 19th century, Scottish missionaries planted a church amongst the African population that was called the Reformed Presbyterian Church. Since 1992 these two denominations and some other congregations went through a process of unification to become the UPCSA. Our membership is representative of all the language and cultural groups in South Africa and even in Southern Africa. Congregations in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia form the denomination.

Our denomination is also widely known as the UPCSA. Since 1813 we preach and teach the Word of God and administer the Sacraments in South Africa, based on a reformed theology and confession. We were previously known as the "Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa" and grew from a Church planted by Scottish settlers, to a truly multicultural South African denomination. From the very beginning, we shared the gospel with all the communities and cultural groups in Southern Africa. At the end of the 19th century, Scottish missionaries planted a church amongst the African population that was called the Reformed Presbyterian Church. Since 1992 these two denominations and some other congregations went through a process of unification to become the UPCSA. Our membership is representative of all the language and cultural groups in South Africa and even in Southern Africa. Congregations in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia form the denomination.

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The Central Office of the UPCSA is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa and can be reached by e-mail at gensec@presbyterian.org.za.

Local churches worship in almost all the languages found in our region, although English remains the language we use when we meet in our Presbyteries and at the General Assembly or any other meeting where congregations serving more than one language group, come together. The confession of faith of the UPCSA can be seen as reformed, as shared with all the other Reformed and/or Presbyterian denominations in the world. Various other reformed confessions, such as the well known Westminster Confession contain this specific way of interpreting the Scriptures. The UPCSA confessed anew in the idiom of this century, its universal, Christian and reformed faith.

This confession, The Confession of Faith of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa and the Declaration of Faith of the Presbyterian Church, are available in English on this website under "We Believe".

You may read more about our denomination on the website http://unitingpresbyterian.org/.

Our UPCSA Vision

To be a reconciled community of Christians exercising a prophetic witness to Christ.

Our UPCSA Mission

We will proclaim our Triune God in Southern Africa through the following

  • "Bearing witness to the saving love of Jesus Christ"
  • "Building vital, reforming congregations for worship, ministry and discipleship"
  • "Visibly proclaiming the Kingdom of God through unity, justice, peace and love"
    • Our Mission priorities are
    • Evangelism
    • Supporting the development of missional congregations
    • Health, wellbeing and securing justice
    • Engaging in reconciliation and unity
    • Stewardship
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