paulaplcFor more information on resources you or your church could use while discerning your future in the PCUSA, contact Paula Kincaid at pkincaid@layman.org or call (828) 758-8716. And don’t forget to keep in contact with the latest Presbyterian happenings by signing up for our email list. Just click here to sign up.    



PLC’s Church Property Disputes: State Interpretational Approaches and Key Cases

Churches that are seeking to leave or have left the PCUSA for another Reformed body: Updated 11/5/15 (PDF file of the chart can be accessed here)





Click on the screen below to go to the video series by Lloyd Lunceford, wherein he gives helpful counsel about church property issues.

Lloyd Lunceford Video Series Banner Bar June 2015





NEW resource for elders and church leaders: The relationship of the local church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) 2015— Spanish translation available by clicking here. (Download Word document here.)

The PCUSA 2014: How we got here updated 7/24/14 by Carmen Fowler LaBerge

Timeline of ‘How we got here’ updated 3/27/15 (pdf file available here.)

The Altered Identity of the PCUSA Updated 9/6/13 (download pdf)

Why marriage traditionalists are unprotected in PCUSA, by Alan F.H. Wisdom

Why the Authoritative Interpretation does more than you think, By Carmen Fowler LaBerge

Presbyterians’ procedural problems, by Joseph D. Small

Believers in unbelieving churches: What should be done by Christian people who are in a modernist church? Written by Dr. J. Gresham Machen

At what cost unity? by Dr. James C. Goodloe IV, executive director of The Foundation for Reformed Theology

The Church One and Holy, by Dr. James C. Goodloe IV, executive director of The Foundation for Reformed Theology

Can Two Faiths Embrace One Future Five Solas: Reformation faith and the Presbyterian Church (USA) Table: ‘Five Solas’ of Reformed Faith versus PCUSA  

courtLegal issues: Ecclesiastical and civil

Time Requirements for Remedial and Disciplinary Cases: PCUSA Book of Order, The Rules of Discipline (flow chart)

Presbyterian Lay Committee’s Legal Resource Databank (legal documents; updated 9/9/15)

Presbytery Separation-Dismissal Policies

Beware of the reverter clause in dismissal process

Why my pastor’s pension is not at risk!

Is our former ‘southern’ church property safe?

A Guide to Church Property Law, second edition

GAPJC decision in Wilbur Tom, David Hawbecker and Thomas Conrad, vs., Presbytery of San Francisco

‘The Louisville Papers’

Per-capita resource: Responding Faithfully — Making Decisions about Financial Support of PCUSA Governing Bodies in Times of Disorder

PCUSA resource:Legal Resource Manual for Presbyterian Church (USA) Middle Governing Bodies and Churches, third edition (2010)

PCUSA resource: Negotiation and church conflict  

denominational comparison-smDenominational comparisons

Biblical discernment regarding denominational affiliation

Comparison of basic beliefs and view points of three Presbyterian denominations  (EPC, ECO, EPC- updated 2/6/14)

13 differences between the PCA and the PCUSA

Changing from the PCUSA to ECO? How can I learn more?  

resources guidanceExamples of church discernment processes

Below are links to position papers and summaries of the discernment process for congregations that have made — or are making — a decision to leave the PCUSA.

PCUSA Denominational Issues

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church denominational issues resources

Irvine Presbyterian Church discernment archive

Bonhomme’s (Chesterfield, MO) Denominational Discernment resources

First Presbyterian Church of Omak: The Folder and Deep Discernment

New Wineskins’ webinar archive of the pastor panel discussion, gracious dismissal overview and attorney panel discussion

stay or goWhy stay?

Why choose the PCUSA? prepared by the Presbyterian Mission Agency (April 2013)

Why Stay video Part 1: A video from Tropical Florida Presbytery and

Part 2 A series of Why Stay videos from Olympia Presbytery

Appeal by denominational leaders for churches to re-think leaving  

I Choose This Day Resources