A Presbyterian congregation near Phoenix, Ariz., says it's time to end family arguments and move out of the PC(USA) house.
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church recently announced its intent to sever ties with the 2.1 million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) while remaining in the Reformed family as an independent church.
"I'm looking forward to ending the cyclical family arguments so I can be free to discuss other things," said senior pastor Jim Noble in the congregation's latest newsletter. "While I am committed to encouraging people to question and grow in their faith, I am not interested in rethinking and re-imagining the Christian faith. I stand with the historic and biblical Christian faith." more >>
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church said Wednesday it is grateful that allegations of solicitation of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) churches were found to be unsubstantiated.
The statement was released in response to an investigative report by a PC(USA) task force, which looked into the actions and conduct of the EPC in regards to the exodus of churches from the PC(USA).
In its report, the PC(USA) Committee on Ecumenical Relations said there was no evidence that the EPC took the initiative in entering PC(USA) congregations to speak against the PC(USA) or about affiliation with the EPC. Also, EPC leaders have maintained that they did not actively solicit congregations and ministers to join their smaller and more conservative denomination, the panel noted. more >>
A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) committee has accused the more conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church of interfering in its affairs.
With dozens of congregations leaving the PC(USA), the Committee on Ecumenical Relations detailed in a report evidence of the EPC inserting itself into the denomination's internal struggles and fueling misunderstandings.
"[T]here was evidence that the interference of one denomination in the other denomination’s affairs had a deleterious effect on the conversation between the PC(USA) presbyteries and the congregations involved," the panel stated in their report to the 219 General Assembly, the highest legislative body in the PC(USA). more >>
A multi-site church in Beaver, Pa., received the green light this week by its presbytery to leave and realign with another denomination.
The Beaver-Butler Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) agreed on Tuesday to settlement terms with First Presbyterian Church, reportedly the largest congregation in the presbytery.
First Presbyterian will retain all of its property and assets in exchange for $133,700. The local congregation now anticipates being accepted as a member into the smaller and more conservative denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. more >>
The Israel described in the Bible and the modern state of Israel are not the same and should not be understood as such by Christians, states a new paper drafted by the mission council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Bible does not provide any clear geographical boundaries of the ancient land of Israel, notes the PC(USA)'s General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC). Therefore, “it is dangerous” to bring the Bible into the debate on how to define the boundaries of Israel or any other modern state, it adds.
Presented at the Feb. 24-25 meeting of GAMC, the paper, titled “Christians and Jews: People of God,” was recommended to the upcoming 219th General Assembly for approval and weighs in on the ongoing lsraeli-Palestinian land dispute. more >>
A Presbyterian megachurch will begin a series of town hall meetings this weekend as the congregation moves toward severing ties with their denominational family.
Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, Calif., already initiated the process to be dismissed from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It will use the next six months for discussions and prayer as it discerns its future path.
The megachurch began evaluating the future theological direction of the PC(USA) 16 months ago, recognizing that current trends in the denomination did not align with their core beliefs. more >>