First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio members voted Sunday to seek dismissal from PC (USA) and to join the more conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
According to a vote tally provided to The Christian Post by FPC San Antonio, out of 1,072 voting members present 87.3 percent voted to terminate their affiliation with PC(USA) and 85.6 percent voted to join ECO.
the first commenter's question about who owns the church bldg and real estate does make you wonder---do you know who owns the church bldg where you spend sunday mornings? how often do we 'open the hood' and look at the actual working parts of what we call 'our church'? do we even know the budget details? i think many mainline denominations work on this same model--the national denomination own all the properties, so you could say they are like a national store like T-get or H-Depot.
kjg wrote: One thing that I do not understand, is why the local congregation needs to pay the PC USA in order to disassociate itself. Does not the local congregation own the church property through tithes and offerings?
Probably not, they don't in the United Methodist Church nor I think in the Episcopal church either.
FPC is one of a large number of PC (USA) congregations that in recent years have decided to leave the Mainline Protestant denomination over its theological direction, which includes its growing acceptance of homosexuality.
In a letter sent out last month to the congregation, FPC Clerk of Session N. A. Stuart, III, MD argued that "our denomination is not what it once was, and it has wandered from its biblical and confessional moorings."
"Ultimately, after years of prayer, discussion, and input from our members, on Oct. 12 the Session of FPC voted to recommend to the congregation that we leave the PC(USA) and join the ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians â€” a rapidly growing Reformed Presbyterian denomination," wrote Stuart.
"In contrast to the theological concerns and membership declines within the PC(USA), we find ECO to be a vibrant, growing Presbyterian denomination which shares this church's historical vision for teaching, evangelism and mission."
Trump's 'church' is a PCUSA evil cult. Trump needs to be comfronted with real Presbyterians breaking off from the current cult of Sodomite, Baby killing, anti-Bible apostates. No one has asked him that I can find. It is current news so he should be asked.
One thing that I do not understand, is why the local congregation needs to pay the PC USA in order to disassociate itself. Does not the local congregation own the church property through tithes and offerings?