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)?:
I stay in the Presbyterian Church because it gets the whole “we are the body of Christ and individually members of it” thing. Time after time, I see God in our midst as we gather in worship, fellowship, education classes, committees, boards, or casual groups. We bring together a variety of gifts, talents, and voices, and somehow the collective wisdom and experience is greater than what we as individuals could achieve. I love that teaching elders and ruling elders are of equal importance, and that the church’s members are its ministers. I also stay in the Presbyterian Church because I can worship in a church with progressive theology and traditional theology, while the Presbyterian congregation down the road can have traditional theology and contemporary worship, and we’re all still one. There is room in our church for different understandings, different paths, different ideas, and different journeys, and yet we respect and honor each other as together “we are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”