Nine congregations in our presbytery took a straw poll last spring to get an indication of their membership’s interest in engaging the presbytery in a process that could lead to the dismissal from the PC(USA) to another Reformed Presbyterian denomination.
Here at Trinity 20% of the congregation indicated they were either uncertain (5%) or did not want (15%) the session to engage the presbytery in a process that could lead to the dismissal of the congregation (with property) to another Reformed Presbyterian denomination. This is a larger percentage than other churches in our presbytery whose results I could find posted online.
Straw poll results indicating interest in possible dismissal from the PC(USA)
- 94% in favor at Christ, Huntington Beach
- 91% in favor at Good Shepherd, Los Alamitos
- 88% in favor at St. Andrews, Newport Beach
- 80% in favor at Trinity United, Santa Ana
One of Trinity’s distinctives that has been overlooked throughout this season of discernment is that we are a theologically diverse congregation. We are a wonderfully mixed tapestry of disciples, centered on Christ, yes, but always making room for our differences on the periphery.
Being dismissed from the PC(USA) to join ECO will shift the periphery inward and crowd out a part of our tapestry, which is a primary reason I indicated not wanting the session to engage such a process.
Trinity, let’s stay PC(USA)