Church Discernment Processes
Los Ranchos engaged in a presbytery-wide process that resulted in more than a dozen churches being dismissed. However, following their dismissals, those contrary to gracious dismissal filed charges against the presbytery in ecclesiastical court barring the churches from realigning.
St Andrews PC, Newport Beach, CA is one of the congregations referenced above.
College Hill PC, Cincinnati, OH was dismissed from the PCUSA.
Grace Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX was dismissed from the PCUSA.
First Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX moved through a discernment process that lead to its leadership unanimously recommending to the membership that the church realign from the PCUSA to the ECO. The majority vote did not achieve the super-majority requirement set by the presbytery’s policy. So, the church and the presbytery are now in civil litigation.
Third PC, Richmond, VA was dismissed from the PCUSA.
Colonial Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, MO and Overland Park, Kan. ended up in civil court and won rulings in both Missouri and Kansas. They are no longer in the PCUSA.
- Summary of Discernment Process to Determine Denominational Affiliation
- Denominational Affiliation – Discernment Process – Position Paper
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, Carefree, Ariz.
Community Presbyterian Church, Danville, Calif.
Fremont Presbyterian Church, Sacramento, Calif.
The Watchman’s Cry, Woodbury Presbyterian, Orlando, Fla.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Marietta, Ga.
Southport Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Ind.
Sunset Presbyterian Church, Portland, Ore.
Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Wenatchee, Wash. (formerly First Presbyterian Church)
- Essential Tenets and Reformed Distinctives
- Tenets of The Confession Church Movement
- Biblical Beliefs
- FPCW Resolution
- Denomination Informational Gathering 11/22/09
Presbytery dismissal policies: The good, the bad and the ugly, by Lloyd J. Lunceford