PCUSA Renewal Network campaign adds regional directors, prayer focus

The Presbyterian Renewal Network’s Reclaim Biblical Teaching campaign recently announced new tactics in reaching out to Presbyterians in advance of voting on proposed changes to the Presbyterian Church (USA) constitutional. The campaign was launched in August and will target presbytery voting on Presbyterian Church (USA) ordination standards. Another goal is providing resources on the proposed... Continue Reading

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) apologizes for abuse during mission work; as many as 30 victims abroad from 1950-90

The denomination has offered counseling to victims. None of the abusers are currently serving in overseas mission programs with the church, but in six cases the panel sent its findings to officials…for possible disciplinary action. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders formally apologized Friday to 30 people who they determined were sexually or physically abused in mission... Continue Reading

Pacific Northwest Presbytery (PCA) to prosecute charges against a minister for theological views

The Pacific Northwest Presbytery, meeting in Boise, Idaho on October 8-9, 2010, voted to accede the ruling of the PCA’s Standing Judicial Commission (SJC) to try Presbytery member TE Peter Leithart on his theological views. Last March the SJC deemed Leithart’s views as “touching fundamentals of the system of doctrine set out in the Record,... Continue Reading

Sunday night services a fading tradition – either changing or disappearing

Others…are concerned that Christians may be chipping away on the one day a week that God commanded to be set aside and kept holy. Doug DeVries describes Sunday evening worship as “a lot less formal” than the morning service at Plymouth Heights Christian Reformed Church. It’s also a lot less crowded. The Grand Rapids, Michigan,... Continue Reading

Breaking News: Regional PCUSA Judicial Commission upholds decision to ordain gay Madison candidate with a male partner

The midwestern governing body of the Presbyterian Church has upheld a decision by area church leaders to allow the ordination of an openly gay Madison man in a committed relationship. The judicial commission of the Lakes and Prairies Synod voted 7-2 Saturday in favor of the ordination of Scott Anderson, 55. The synod is one... Continue Reading

Presbytery Votes on the BCO 14 Amendments as of Oct. 9: 8-4 Against

As of October 9, 2010, the vote of Presbyteries on the BCO 14 Amendments is 8-4 against. Three Presbyteries voted on October 9, Westminster, Blue Ridge, and Northern California. Westminster Presbytery voted against approving the amendments. The vote tally on BCO 14-1 was Yes 6; No 25; and Abstain 2. On BCO 14-2, the vote... Continue Reading

Updated: Blue Ridge Presbytery Rejects Both BCO 14 Proposed Amendments

Both sides agreed that there was a serious problem in raising sufficient funds to maintain the essential functions of the Administrative Committee Editor’s note: Due to mechanical problems, the wrong version of this story was originally sent for uploading. This is the corrected story. Meeting in the sanctuary of their first and newly purchased building... Continue Reading

Covenant Presbyterian (PCA) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to break ground on new building

The church is meeting in rented space during the construction period. The church has been a part of the Oak Ridge community for more than 50 years and is pastored by Nick Willborn. Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge will break ground on a 12,000 square foot building project in Commerce Park at 3 p.m.... Continue Reading

Korean Central Presbyterian (PCA) in Fairfax County, Virginia, Dedicates New Building

The building seats 2,100 people total (1,700 in the sanctuary and 400 in the chapel) and has a private school for grades K-2, plus a child-care center. With songs, prayers and well wishes from the community, Korean Central Presbyterian Church dedicated its new place of worship, Sunday evening, in Centreville, Virginia It took 15 months... Continue Reading

Putting Band-Aids on the PCA BCO 14 Amendments: A Futile Task

At the October 7, 2010 meeting of the General Assembly’s Administrative Committee (AC), three motions were passed unanimously regarding the AC Funding Plan. This Funding Plan is presently before the Presbyteries in the form of amendments to BCO 14. These amendments to Presbyterian Church in Americe’s Book of Church Order 14-1 and 14-2, will have... Continue Reading