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About Us

We are more than 5000 Christians who live in central and southern Illinois and are members of 76 Presbyterian congregations connected with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Presbytery covers all or part of 46 counties in this region.

We hold beliefs that are central to the Christian faith – namely that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that, through Jesus Christ, salvation is offered to all persons. We believe that the Bible is God’s word to us, recording and conveying God’s acts in human history and giving instruction for care of and service to others.

We believe that the Church is where God’s people worship, learn, discern, serve, and are in fellowship together to serve the world. Presbyterians are characterized by a particular form of church organization – a presbytery – that is comprised of a number of particular church congregations, sites of mission and ministry across the region of the presbytery.

The mission of the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois is to
     CONNECT with neighbors and partners in the Presbytery and the world
     EQUIP ourselves for effective servant leadership
     INSPIRE faithful action, acting in covenant relationship with one another through

  • Challenging presbyters and churches to continual missional learning, growth, experimentation, and engagement
  • Faithfully stewarding our shared theological traditions, essential values, and resources
  • Cultivating internal and external missional relationships and partnerships
  • Calling and nurturing effective servant leaders
  • Fostering generative vision with creativity and imagination