Christian Post Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on churches that chose not to leave their respective mainline Protestant denominations despite disagreement with the denominations’ changes in theological positions. Read part one here.

The Rev. Dr. Paul Detterman is the national director of The Fellowship Community, formerly called Presbyterians for Renewal. He is among those who have chosen to stay with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) despite its increasing liberal theological stances.

The Fellowship Community is a biblically orthodox group within PCUSA. Detterman told The Christian Post in a recent interview that he and his organization are staying with the PCUSA because “it is a matter of call and of mission.”

“We are uniquely equipped to reach out to others in and through the PC(USA) because we know the territory well,” said Detterman.

“To leave would be to give up on an entire group of people. Some have been called to move on; we have not.”

Carmen Fowler LaBerge, president of the Presbyterian Lay Committee and the executive editor of its online publication, told CP that there were two reasons why she remained.

“I continue to hope that God would choose to pour out His Spirit and draw the denomination into a true revival. That would be an incredible witness to the world,” said LaBerge.

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