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No, I’m not talking about Twitter I literally want you to follow me. DISCERNMENT TIME. How Do We Follow?. As a church? As a part of the Church?. John Ortberg. Why are we discussing thE PC(USA)?. Westminster is Connectional Not Congregational. We are associated with a larger denomination
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These statistics are taken from the “initial survey of the 2009-2011 Presbyterian Panel.”
PRESBYTERIAN EVANGELICALS PRESBYTERIAN PROGRESSIVES
I interpret life thru the lens of the Bible I interpret life thru the lens of Bible and culture
A culture of Diversity in the PC(USA)
2006 Report on Peace, Unity, and Purity: “we believe the church should seek constructive,
Christ-like alternatives to the ‘yes/no’ forms in which questions about sexuality, ordination,
and same-gender covenantal relationships have been put to the church in recent decades.”
No net growth since ’83 reunion, none in North since ‘65, none in the South since ‘68
Scripture on staying
Scripture on leaving
Ephesians 5: 3-11
2 John 7-11
2 Cor 11: 3-4
Titus 1: 9-16
2 Thess 3:6
Romans 16: 17-18
1 Cor 5: 1-13
Revelation 2: 20
2 Tim 3: 1-8
2Tim 3: 14-17
Presbyterian Church of America formed
First GA of PC(USA) in Philadelphia
Presbyterian Church (US) formed
PC(USA) recreated with PC(US)
PC(USA) Reunites with Cumberland Church
Cumberland Presbyterian Church formed
Orthodox Presbyterian Church formed
Evangelical Presbyterian Church formed
1789 1810 1861 1906 1936 1973 1981 1983 2012
A HISTORY OF DIVIDING AND UNITING
(NO expectation of outvoting/renewing the other side*)
Stay, Fight, Win (Presbyterian Coalition)
Stay, Fight, Be Faithful (PGF)
1983 1990 2000 2011
*The Presbyterian Coalition’s mission has officially changed from “to work for biblical faithfulness within the PC(USA)” to “inform, strengthen, and equip biblically faithful decision-makers within the PC(USA).”
Little/no relief for Group B
*PC(USA) has lost over 2 million members since it was founded in 1983.
At the same time the population of the US has grown by over 78 million.
**2000+ people representing 850 churches attended the initial meeting in Minnesota. 2000+ and 765 congregations gathered in Orlando. 100 congregations have received applications since Orlando.
Not a recognized body yet. Applying to WARC and GA
Formed January, 2012
*all available on our website