Discernment Resources and Denominational Comparisons


Churches that are seeking to leave or have left the PCUSA for another Reformed body: Updated 8/6/14 (PDF file of the chart can be accessed here)

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

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

Resources on Leaving or Staying in the PCUSA

Table: “Five Solas” of Reformed Faith versus PCUSA

Believers in unbelieving churches:What should be done by Christian people who are in a modernist church?

 Biblical discernment regarding denominational affiliation

Denomination Comparison (EPC, ECO, EPC- added 9/12/12)

13 differences between the PCA and the PCUSA

Differences between the PCUSA/ECO/EPC (comparison charts)

Los Ranchos Presbytery presentation on ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelicals (PowerPoint presentation)

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

At what cost unity? by Dr. James C. Goodloe IV

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)

 Five Solas

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

The NextWave Commission of San Diego Presbytery

The PCUSA’s Louisville Papers


Why 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

series of Why Stay videos from Olympia Presbytery

Appeal by denominational leaders for churches to re-think leaving


Church Conflict

Negotiation and church conflict resources

Comments 6

  • One of the downloads above compares the PCUSA/ECO/EPC. One of the first items in the list states: the PCUSA has no listing of the “Essential Tenets”. This is hogwash. Chapter 1 of the Book of Order, “The Mission of the Church” is a detailed listing of PCUSA tenets. A very good summary is in F-1.0304 as follows:
    The great ends of the Church are:
    the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind;
    the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God;
    the maintenance of divine worship;
    the preservation of the truth;
    the promotion of social righteousness;
    the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.

    The fact that many conservative presbyterians have a problem with “the promotion of social righteousness” proves the existence of PCUSA “essential tenets.” They just don’t like them.

  • Please consider publishing the documents, especially the list of churches that have left, as a PDF. Those of us who don’t have Microsoft Office products aren’t able to open a .xls file. Thanks so much. Appreciate the updates and the work you’ve put into the site.

  • After a three year process, Maple Valley Presbyterian Church was dismissed from Seattle Presbytery to ECO at the 9/17/2013 meeting of Presbytery. I was disappointed that our church was not listed along with another church dismissed at the same meeting. While this slight is of little significance in our journey, as a ruling elder, I was looking forward to seeing our church in print-simply another acknowledgement of progress I believe is positive for our ministry. I did find our church listed in the spread sheet available at your website, so I know the information was available to print. Is there an explanation?

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