A Clay County (Mo.) circuit court judge has dismissed, with prejudice, Heartland Presbytery’s claims to the property of Gashland Presbyterian Church, which left the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2008 to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).
The court ruled that Missouri property cases must be judged on the neutral principles of law, rather than the hierarchical-based argument that church property is held in trust for the denomination.
NOTE: The next standard meeting of the Presbytery is November 16, 2010.
NOTE: On Sept 18 docket, Mound City Presbyterian Church is requesting an AC, as they feel they no longer may be able to maintain their facility.
Administrative Commission Report For Churches Seeking Dismissal From The PC(USA) (summarized from Sept 18 Docket)
Gashland: Aug 25: The judge would not grant the first request by Gashland to dismiss.
- Aug 13: The AC instructs Heartland's Stated Clerk to contact EPC to inquire as to their communication with Colonial.
- Aug 18: Session secures TRO against the AC. These are later contested and dismissed. Additionally, the Session filed a lawsuit against Heartland.
- Aug 19: The AC is holds a hearing to take over the Session. The Session is absent.
- Aug 22: A congregational meeting and declares their departure to EPC