Pigeon Cove Chapel firmly identifies itself within the tradition of historical Reformation theology. Its constitution and by-laws adopt the Apostle’s Creed as a true summary of essential Christian doctrine, as well as the 1974 Lausanne Covenant as a more comprehensive expression of biblical Christian teaching. As such, the two statements articulate the Chapel’s statement of faith and directive for evangelistic and missionary endeavors.
In matters of polity, the Chapel follows a congregational model with servant leadership by appointed bodies of elders and deacons. The government of the church is vested in the active members of the congregation and is not subject to the control of any other ecclesiastical body. In the matter of church ordinances, the Chapel practices believer’s baptism and an open invitation to the Lord’s Table for all who have called upon the Lord Jesus in repentance and faith. In matters of pastoral leadership, the church subscribes to a biblical complementarian view of gender roles, with its bylaws requiring a man for the office of senior pastor.
The congregation seeks to live by the maxim ascribed to Augustine, “In essentials Unity; in non-essentials Liberty; in all things, Charity.” From this flows a desire to safeguard the primary truths entrusted to God’s people (2 Tim. 1:14), including the sovereignty of the triune God, the person of Christ, the nature of man in his fallen condition, the centrality of the cross to secure atonement and forgiveness of sins, the reality of resurrection, the imputation of Christ’s righteousness by faith, the necessity of a changed life by the power of the Holy Spirit, and the reality of the spiritual realm that will be fully revealed at Christ’s physical return according to God’s sovereign plan. From this also flows a desire to allow Love to govern secondary matters, including the right mode and recipients for baptism, the availability and practice of miraculous spiritual gifts, the components of liturgy for corporate worship, and the definition of roles and responsibilities for men and women within the life of the church.