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ECO Reaches Milestone of 300th Member Church After Break From PCUSA

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By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post. A conservative Presbyterian denomination formed in response to the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s increasing acceptance of homosexuality has reached the milestone of 300 member congregations. “We are blessed to have each and every church and church member in our ECO family. As we grow, it is our prayer that we continue …

Meetings This Month on Athens Church’s Move to Leave Mainstream Presbyterians

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By Lee Shearer, Online Athens. (Georgia) After a months-long quiet period, an Athens church’s move to secede from its denomination could be headed toward resolution. An administrative committee of the Northeast Georgia Presbytery scheduled two meetings this month with the congregation of Central Presbyterian Church, whose congregation earlier this year voted to leave the country’s …

In ECO: Now What?

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By Dana Allin, the ECO blog. At ECO’s national gathering in Newport Beach this past January, I led a breakout session called, “In ECO, Now What?”  This  question often gets asked in a variety of different ways.  I will get phone calls or e-mails stating that a congregation has been in ECO (usually for 6 …

Fast-Growing Conservative Presbyterian Denomination Is ‘Ready to Multiply,’ Says ECO Synod Exec.

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By Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post. A conservative Presbyterian church formed in 2012 will soon be splitting one of their regional bodies, or presbyteries, into three entities in response to rapid growth. The Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians is in the process of dividing up the Presbytery of the Northeast into three new regional bodies. …

PCUSA Claims Pennsylvania Mega-Church Vote to Leave Denomination Is Invalid

MICHAEL GRYBOSKI  of The Christian Post reports: The Presbyterian Church (USA) is continuing its legal battle against a Pennsylvania megachurch that voted overwhelmingly to leave the Mainline denomination over theological differences. Last month, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem voted to leave PC(USA) for the more conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. FPC Bethlehem held the …

Lehigh Presbytery Moves to Oust First Bethlehem’s Pastor, Marnie Crumpler

Governing body moves to oust First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem’s pastor, replace leadership By Sarah Wojcik, The Morning Call. A dispute over denominational identity has taken another divisive turn in Bethlehem, where the Lehigh Presbytery is canceling its contract with the new pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem and preparing to push aside church …

Carmen Answers FAQ’s from Church in Discernment

As hundreds of congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA) continue to evaluate their denominational affiliation and as presbyteries continue to deal with requests for dismissal in a myriad of ways, people continue to ask questions. Recently a church sent a list of what have become frequently asked questions.  My answers are my own and should …

African-American church in Ohio dismissed from PCUSA to ECO

The largest predominantly African-American church in Ohio has been dismissed from the Presbyterian Church (USA) to ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. New Life at Calvary in Cleveland, along with its pastors Rev. Rick Gillespie-Mobley, Rev. Toby Gillespie-Mobley and Rev. Kellie Sullivan, were dismissed by the Presbytery of the Western Reserve to ECO. Parish …

Hope in the midst of separation

By Jerry Andrews, The Presbyterian Outlook. We meet separately now. I did not want this. I had worked and prayed that it would not be so. I had valued the shared evangelical witness within the PCUSA. I thought it held promise — the promise that an evangelical witness gladly offered to and received by the …

Listen to Tuesday’s #CarmenTalk: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Civil Discourse

The final #CarmenTalk, aka Conversation with Carmen, of 2015 aired December 15.  You are encouraged to listen here at Layman.org Discussed on #CarmenTalk this month was “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Civil Discourse.”  As a disciple of Jesus who seeks to advance His Kingdom purposes everyday in every way, I am a voracious consumer of the ideas, …

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