Facing the threatened closure of their small church near Twin Peaks, a small group of Calvinists vowed Sunday to continue fighting for survival despite a recent court ruling that barred them from breaking away from their denomination.
At issue is not theology or politics, but the church's size. With between 25 and 50 members, leaders of the Reformed Church of America felt their resources could have been better used elsewhere, an attorney for the denomination said.
"It wasn't serving the community and accomplishing its mission," said the lawyer, Alan Friedman. "It wasn't founded to be a private church for 20 people."
Miraloma members, though, said they suspected real estate was a factor in the decision. The lot where the San Francisco church has stood since 1945 is worth between $3 million and $4 million, Calvin said....
Rick, the liberal denominations have really wised up, Episcopalians and Methodists had all the churches (Well, I know the Methodists did) transfer the title of their churches to the Methodist organization. U. Methodist C. was spurred on when a church on the East coast left taking their church building with them, this did not mean good things for the retirement fund of the UMC! The leadership of the UMC are financially savy, if even they know very little about Christianity.
In general; this denominationaly owned property, paid for by the local congregation, is a very bad thing. The usual break aways are conservative congregations that are tired of denominationl liberalism. However, after reading the entire article, it appears that this local congregation is as liberal as the RCA denomination. Women Elders, Deacons, and board members?