Monday, January 30, 2012

Info Wanted: Whole Presbteries Leaving PCUSA

Can anyone provide the names of the 2 Presbyteries who are thinking of leaving PCUSA wholesale? If publicly known.

PCA starts new downtown Oklahoma City church

News OK Story: Presbyterians start new downtown Oklahoma City church

FPC Orlando votes to leave denomination

Orlando Sentinel Story: First Presbyterian votes to leave denomination

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mass exodus of churches continue to flee PCUSA into 2012

Layman Online Story: Mass exodus of churches continue to flee PCUSA into 2012

On a Side Note: Wikipedia entry on ECO is already a battleground between those who feel it is homo-phobia vs those who think this is about multiple issues.

Bruce Reyes-Chow blogs about ECO.

Bruce Reyes-Chow (former PCUSA Moderator) blog on Huffington Post:

My Thoughts on The Fellowship and The Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians

Ed: I've added some of his list of articles to mine.

Monday, January 23, 2012


News Stories about the "NEW" Presbyterian Denomination:

Evangelical Covenant Order Of Presbyterians (ECO)

Information from ECO: Website Tidbits on ECO
  • Peer review systems for churches
  • Promoting leadership training
  • Instituting a less hierarchical form of government
  • Benefits have been defined, must be offered to all full time employees
  • 2,100 Presbyterians from about 500 congregations attend the conference.
  • Presbyterians have the option of joining the ECO or becoming an affiliate member while remaining in another denomination.

ED: I left out the stories full of hate speech, which is all the liberals can use.

ED: I don't think any of the stories brought up the fact that conservative churches in PCUSA, feel like prisoners or victims of blackmail. PCUSA is using the property clause as a ball and chain to keep churches in the denomination that want to leave as well as the power of an AC to summarily fire the pastor and elders.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lebanon PC (Lebanon, Ohio ) dismissed to EPC.

Layman Online Story: Ohio presbytery unanimously agrees to church’s dismissal to EPC

Friday, January 13, 2012

Gashland wins property-dispute appeal against Heartland Presbytery

Layman Story: Missouri church wins property-dispute appeal against PCUSA presbytery
  • Gashland Presbyterian Church MO
  • Heartland Presbytery
  • September 2007, when Gashland requested dismissal
  • After waiting four months, the church voted to disaffiliate from the denomination, leading Heartland to belatedly form an administrative commission to hold a dismissal hearing in April 2008.
  • In November 2009, Heartland filed suit in circuit court.
  • a 2009 lower-court dismissal

Federated congregation leaves PCUSA and is now an American Baptist church

Layman Story: Federated congregation leaves PCUSA and is now an American Baptist church

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Saddlerock EPC (WA) celebrates dismissal from PCUSA

Layman Online Story: Washington church celebrates dismissal from PCUSA
  • Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church (FPC of Wenatchee)
  • Presbytery of Central Washington
  • 507 members in 2010 and brought in $795,557 in offerings
  • Terms:
    • That we give $175,000 as a mission/church development gift to the Presbytery;
    • That we give $47,892 for three years of presbytery per capita;
    • That we give up to $5,000 in reimbursable expenses from the [administrative commission];
    • That we incur all costs associated with the legal transfer of our property, assets, and corporation;
    • To concur with the requests of the Rev. Patrick McElroy and the Rev. Paul Pankey [the church’s associate pastor] continue in their current pastoral positions and to have their ordination credentials transferred in good standing from the Presbytery of Central Washington of the [PCUSA] to the Presbytery of the Pacific of [EPC], a recognized Reformed body in relationship with the PCUSA;
    • That all records of the First Presbyterian Church of Wenatchee PCUSA and its predecessors be converted into microfiche at First Presbyterian’s expense for the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia.”

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fort Scott Kansas Pastor leaves First Presbyterian

Fort Scott Tribune Story: Citing theological and differences in personal beliefs, Mansour Khajehpour has resigned his post as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Scott.

This is the opposite of yesterdays story of a pastor leaving. He is a "member" of Fellowship of Presbyterians which is conservative.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Pastor breaks away to start own church

Petaluma Patch StoryFirst Presbyterian Pastor to Start Own Church.
  • Dave Weidlich, 56
  • New Church: The Vine
  • Supports Occupy Movement

Ed: Looks like a far left pastor, left a moderate church.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story: Ligonier church sued over withdrawal
  • Presbytery of Redstone
  • voted to seize the keys of the church
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • allegedly ignoring internal procedures for withdrawing from the presbytery.
  • Ligonier, Pennsylvania
  • 425 members
  • The congregation of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church near Somerset split off in 2008 and, more recently, members of Fort Palmer Church in Fairfield left the presbytery.
  • Church lawyer says they followed procedure.

PCUSA pastors leaves to start new church instead of fighting.

Delaware Online Story: New paths for many as church diverges

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