Sunday, April 29, 2012

47 or 100 congregations seeking membership in ECO UPDATED

47 congregations seeking membership in ECO

Ed: Now Layman Online has this story with the 47 number

Also found a new quote from First Presbyterian Church Pastor David Freehling: "Freehling predicted, within a year, at least 100 churches would belong to ECO and the new denomination would continue to grow."

FPC greenville, SC session votes to dismiss.

Greenville Online Story: First Presbyterian Church moves to leave denomination (ED: locked out by pay-wall)

2 Mississippi Presbyterian churches vote to leave - UPDATED

Sun Herald Story: Presbyterian churches will vote on changing affiliations

Sun Herald Story: Churches vote to change affiliation

Cañon City, Co First Presbyterian Church splits from national church

Canon City Daily Record Story: Cañon City First Presbyterian Church splits from national church
  • First Presbyterian Church, Canon City, CO
  • 98 percent vote
  • 206 Members in 2010
  • Pueblo Presbytery
  • The mainstream Presbyterian Church will continue to support the local church for three to five years.
  • In exchange, the members will be able to keep the property without problems of ownership and trust clauses.
  • Freehling said that constitutional changes by the national church have created a complete paradigm shift from the traditional values of Presbyterian government and are in direct conflict with scripture.
  • Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
  • "By June 16, this congregation will be a formal member of the new denomination, along with First Presbyterian of Colorado Springs, and perhaps eight other churches in Southern Colorado."
  • Freehling predicted, within a year, at least 100 churches would belong to ECO and the new denomination would continue to grow.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Two churches reach dismissal settlement with Beaver-Butler

Layman Online Story: Two churches reach dismissal settlement with Beaver-Butler
  • Beaver-Butler Presbytery
    • Since 2008, Beaver-Butler has shrunk from 87 to 83 congregations
    • at least six other churches are contemplating a departure,
  • Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church
  • Four Mile Presbyterian Church
  • Highland Presbyterian Church
    • Slippery Rock
    • requested a meeting with a Presbytery Resolution Team
  • Portersville Presbyterian Church
    • 2008 Dismiss to the EPC
    • $42,300
    • 176-member
    • vote of 115-3.
  • First Presbyterian Church
    • Beaver
    • dismised In February 2010
    • $133,700
  • Chippewa United Presbyterian Church of Beaver Falls
    • dismised in 2010
    • EPC

Monday, April 23, 2012

1st Pres Colorado Springs votes to leave.

(Ed Note:) Many of the stories quote "1,769 voted out of the 4,000 members.". The last official PCUSA listing of 2009 shows 4,108 members with attendance of 2,486 and contributions of $6,846,660. The church failed to submit for 2010. If you use the more accurate worship number, 71% voted instead of the quoted 43%. We all know that churches are slow and reluctant to remove members from the roles.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pittsburgh Presbytery planning to reorganize

Pittsburgh Presbytery planning to reorganize
  • Pittsburgh Presbytery
  • reorganization that would divide its 145 congregations into four geographical branches
  • "With 300 leaders at meetings, "we have congregations and pastors who live in isolation from one another."
  • 37,000 members in Allegheny County
  • the 3rd largest regional governing body in PC(USA)
  • 250,000 of principal from its endowment each year to balance their budget
  • $2.8 million budget.
  • 50 congregations either can't or won't pay their "per capita"
  • Ten of those are withholding money in protest of denominational policies
  • Last year the presbytery voted to stop forwarding roughly $30,000 per year to the national church on behalf of the congregations that didn't pay.
  • last month the denomination's highest court ruled that the decision violated the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
  • The reorganization plan would cut the presbytery staff from 16 to 11, assigning one staff member to each of the four branches.
  • The fact that only a third of congregations now participate in presbytery meetings is due "to decisions that have come out that angered various people who have become disillusioned with the presbytery system as a whole,

Colorado Springs church to vote on whether to leave

The Republic Story: Colorado Springs church to vote on whether to leave Presbyterian Church (USA.)
  • First Presbyterian Church in downtown Colorado Springs
  • officially vote Sunday April 22 to join ECO
  • The church's leaders voted in January to leave
  • informal vote in March, the general church membership supported efforts to leave the denomination.
  • nearly 4,000 members
  • one-third of church members must vote, and 80 percent must favor the split.
  • the Pueblo Presbytery, likely in June

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

ECO - A rose by any other name...

ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians New Presbyterian denomination has new name
  • OLD: Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, (ECO)
  • NEW: ECO: a Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians
  • Webpage
  • Effective April 9
  • Name collision with Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC)
    • over 800 churches
    • Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants
    • Evangelical, but not exclusive
    • Biblical, but not doctrinaire
    • Traditional, but not rigid
    • Congregational, but not independent

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Disaffected churches continue to wait for presbytery dismissal decisions.

The Layman Online Story: Disaffected churches continue to wait for presbytery dismissal decisions.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Westminster PC in Florence SC ditching PCUSA

SC Now Story: Westminster Presbyterian ditching PCUSA
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Church unanimous voted to leave and join the EPC
  • New Harmony Presbytery approved
  • Florence, SC
  • Organized on Dec. 14, 1947
  • 2301 Second Loop Road
  • 38 Members

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