In January of 2012, a new Reformed denominational entity opened, known as ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, offering evangelical churches in the PC(USA) a vehicle for departure.  It had a governing board and a medical plan, but absolutely no member churches.

One year later things have changed.  ECO held its first national Synod on January 30 – February 1, 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, and almost 1200 people attended.  ECO now has 28 member churches, all of which were dismissed from the Presbyterian Church (USA).  There are another 48 churches are in the process of transitioning to ECO, and over 75 more are discerning a possible dismissal to ECO.

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3 Responses to Presbyterian Split-Off Gains Momentum

  1. John DiTore says:

    My wife and I were baptized into the PCUSA denomination in 1992 after we married. During the first two years of our marriage and association with the PCUSA, we witnessed a gradual swing towards liberal theology, especially a nearly 50/50 split on the subject of ordaining actively homosexual clergy (56/44 when we left). We then started worshipping at a PCA church and eventually moved to Southern Baptist as they were not seriously debating what Scripture clearly taught about homosexuality. We have watched each year after the assembly in Louisville to see what direction the PCUSA leaders and Presbyteries would lean on Scripturally based matters. The ECO seemed inevitable given all of the fundamentalists remaining disenfranchised.

  2. Katie Maddox says:

    Sorry, John, your comment leaves me a little unclear in understanding which denomination you were referencing about not seriously debating the clear teaching of Scripture on homosexuality. If Scripture is clear on the issue, then where is the debate? Regardless, perhaps debating is not the best word choice; perhaps teaching would be a better one. In the PCA, at least in my PCA church, the teaching is quite clear that homosexual practice, like any other sexual activity outside of marriage, is sinful, and therefore subject to church discipline if not renounced and repented of.

  3. Tom Renick says:

    The mainstream church decided long ago they would no longer preach about sin.