Two Mississippi Presbyterian churches have voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) over increasing theological differences.
The congregations at First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs and First Presbyterian Church of Pascagoula voted Sunday to leave the 2 million-member PC(USA) and join the smaller and more conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Matt Mitchell, pastor of FPC Pascagoula, told The Christian Post that his congregation of 337 members voted to leave because of a sense that the denomination has left its "biblical center." more >>
The largest Colorado congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted to leave the denomination over theological differences.
First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs voted Sunday morning to leave the Pueblo Presbytery of PC(USA) in large part due to the denomination's decision in 2010 to allow the ordination of non-celibate homosexuals.
Of the 1,769 congregants of the 4,000-strong church present for the vote, 1,689 members voted in favor of dismissal from PC(USA) to join the recently created Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. more >>
A Presbyterian Church (USA) court has ruled in favor of a breakaway California congregation in a case over whether or not it had to monetarily compensate its former presbytery.
Community Presbyterian Church of Danville, which decided to leave PC(USA) in 2010, will not have to pay the San Francisco Presbytery for the property it took with it when it voted to leave the denomination over theological differences.
The Synod of the Pacific Permanent Judicial Commission decided on Monday to uphold the "Gracious Dismissal" policy in the case of Community Presbyterian. more >>
A congregation that broke away from Presbyterian Church (USA) a couple years ago is being brought before an ecclesiastical court over claims that it should have monetarily compensated its regional body for the property it kept.
Community Presbyterian Church of Danville, Calif., a congregation with an estimated 2,000 regular attendance, was taken to trial before the Synod of the Pacific Permanent Judicial Commission on Thursday.
Rhea Serpan, Clerk of Session for Community Presbyterian, told The Christian Post that the case brought before the PJC came from a couple members of the Presbytery of San Francisco, the regional body Community Presbyterian left in 2010. more >>
An Oklahoma church's leadership has decided to cut its ties with the Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences and has advised its congregation to vote accordingly.
First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, which was founded in 1889 and with an estimated 750 regular attendance, held a session in which they recommended breaking from their PC(USA) regional body, Indian Nations Presbytery.
The Rev. Mateen Elass, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Edmond, told The Christian Post that the situation was a complex one but that the major reason was theological. more >>
A candidate for the moderator position of the 220th General Assembly of Presbyterian Church (USA) says that although she is part of an LGBT organization she will be able to facilitate dialogue between both sides.
The Rev. Janet Edwards, a board member of the group More Light Presbyterians, told The Christian Post that as moderator she would be tolerant of different opinions.
"I believe a PC(USA) General Assembly moderator should be knowledgeable and have principled opinions on a wide range of issues," said Edwards. "There are countless examples of communities that have learned to be together despite their different interpretations of Scripture and we need to learn from them." more >>