Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church
We know that God has placed us here for a special purpose– to worship Him and share the love of Christ with those around us. Virtue Church has been an active part of this community since 1887. Although many things have changed since then our purpose remains the same. We are committed to serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This commitment calls us to share the message of Christ with others.
Yes, we are Presbyterian, but no we are not most people’s idea of Presbyterian. The truth is there are at least a dozen Presbyterian denominations in the U.S. alone. Virtue Church belongs to a denomination known as the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In 2010, the C.P. Church will celebrate 200 years of ministry in North America, South America, Asia, and beyond!
The C.P. Church was born on the American frontier on Feb. 4, 1810, when three Presbyterian ministers reestablished the Cumberland Presbytery in Dickson County, TN. Cumberland Presbyterians disagreed with the Presbyterian Church’s rigid requirements for ordination of ministers and objected to the doctrine of predestination. We believe that God knows what every person will choose to do, but at the same time He grants us the free will to choose or reject His offer of salvation.
The name “Cumberland” refers to the region of Kentucky/Tennessee where great frontier revivals took place. “Presbyterian” refers to our church roots, and to our representative form of church government.
The responsibility of governing the church belongs to the session, which is comprised of the minister in charge and six elders, who are elected by the congregation to serve three year terms.