Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Church Discernment Processes

resources guidanceBelow 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. 

Los Ranchos is engaged in a presbytery-wide process.

The NextWave Commission of San Diego Presbytery

First Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX

St Andrews PC, Newport Beach, CA

College Hill PC, Cincinnati, OH

Third PC, Richmond, VA

Colonial Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, MO and Overland Park, Kan.

Central PC, Merced, CA

Westminster PC, Lubbock, TX

First Presbyterian Church of Omak: The Folder and Deep Discernment

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, Carefree, Ariz.

Community Presbyterian Church, Danville, Calif.

Westside Church, Richland, WA

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)

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Trinity Presbyterian Church’s Denominational Affiliation


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

Related articles


Presbytery dismissal policies: The good, the bad and the ugly,  by Lloyd J. Lunceford

Presbytery dismissal policies ‘do great harm to local churches’ by Lloyd J. Lunceford



  1. Reverend Dr. Patricia Slomanski says:

    PLEASE make available to readers a list of churches which have left the PCUSA, those which are in discernment, and where these churches have gone. You used to have a listed, but I can’t find it anymore. I believe that it would wake up some denominational loyalists who sit in the pew every week, uninformed and who think that everything in the PCUSA is just hunky doory. Please do this for your readers.

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