Bonita Presbyterian Church is steadfastly committed to the worshipping of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and thereby bringing glory to God. We seek to bring glory to Him in the preaching of the Gospel and in living as faithful witnesses for Christ.
Our doctrine is known in most conservative Presbyterian churches as being called the "Reformed Faith." It summarizes the most significant doctrines taught in the Bible and is secondary to Scripture, our Final Authority. These doctrines are set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms (with accompanying biblical references).
The church is no mere human organization or a means to an end. The church is Christ's body, of which he is the head. As a faithful branch of the true church, the OPC acknowledges Jesus Christ as her only head and his word as the final authority in all matters of faith and life.
It is our desire to be faithful to our Lord, not only in matters of doctrine, but also in matters of structure, government, and order. Accordingly, we have a Presbyterian form of government. Each congregation is governed by a session, which consists of one or more ministers (teaching elders) and a number of ruling elders (depending on the size of the congregation). Elders must meet the scriptural qualifications for the eldership. They are ordained for life and installed to office.
Ministers (teaching elders) are licensed and ordained by regional presbyteries and are called by congregations; ruling elders are elected by congregations. Deacons are elected by congregations to oversee their ministries of mercy. They are ordained, but they do not exercise spiritual rule alongside elders. Nonordained people often sit on committees that supervise important areas of congregational life, but always under the oversight of the session.