These days, in many parts of the U.S.—and for lots of Christians who love the gospel and believe the Bible to be the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the word "Presbyterian" conjures up images of formalism, stuffy traditionalism, or egg-headed elitism. And that's being nice. For many, "Presbyterian" means theological liberalism—a denial of the authority of Scripture and capitulation to the socially liberal politics of the age.
People ask, "are you the conservative kind of Presbyterians?" The answer is, "Yes—but..." Conservatism is not good in-and-of-itself—the question to ask is, "What is being conserved?"
The Presbyterian Church in America seeks to conserve a commitment to the Bible as the authoritative Word of God, our only rule of faith and practice; to the Reformed interpretation of that Word embodied in the Westminster Confession and Catechisms; and to the Bible-derived and time-honored practices of worship, government, and discipline detailed in the Book of Church Order.