In light of the various narratives about why people are leaving or should leave the Presbyterian Church (USA), I recently posed the question, Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)? Here is one more person sharing why they are staying in the Presbyterian Church (USA) . . .
Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)?:
There are various reasons I stay in the PC(USA), but I think the main reason I stay in the PC(USA) all comes back to attending the 2007 Presbyterian Youth Triennium when I was going into my junior year of high school. This was one of the first times I encountered the love of Christ in such a powerful way. Before this event I attended a Presbyterian church because that was just the type of church my family went to.
The 2007 PYT served as a launching pad for my future involvement and desire to stay. Because of this event I ended up serving on the planning team in 2010, and working at a Presbyterian camp the following two summers. It was at a Presbyterian camp where I felt a strong sense of call to ministry.
The PC(USA) is great because there are so many different types of things to be involved in. I am thankful for all the varied interests within our Church. Because of my involvement in Presbyterian conferences and events I have met so many wonderful people. Even though I dislike politics and how much the PC(USA) likes to stay involved in worldly affairs, I stay because of the relationships I have made. I stay because I am able to be challenged in my faith. I stay because I have found family, and even though I may disagree, it is ok to disagree with your family, in fact, I think it’s probably healthy.