Why Some People Stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)

Flickr: Ian Sane

Flickr: Ian Sane

In some religious circles, much has been made about recent dismissals of churches from the Presbyterian Church (USA). Churches have left the PC(USA) to join with other Presbyterian denominations and I suspect countless individuals have simply ceased attended PC(USA) congregation in order to worship with communities where they feel more affinity.  I have written about this in the past: why I should leave, why I should stay and my thoughts on churches who choose to leave. Ultimately, while I certainly grieve what have often been deeply painful separations, I choose to believe that folks are doing their best to follow God’s calling upon their lives.

And then there are those of us who choose to remain part of the PC(USA).

Now before some of you get all “You’re just there, because of the pension . . .” on me, while I am no longer employed within the PC(USA), I will stipulate that there are many reasons to stay that are certainly grounded in comfort and security. That said, I also know that many of us continually choose to be a part of this denomination called the Presbyterian Church (USA) because we believe that this is where we can best live out and express our Christian faith in the world.

So to assist in some of the conversations about staying or leaving, I will be posting over the next few weeks people’s response to the question, “Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)?” This is not meant to try and convince those who wish to leave to stay, but to offer another side to the “This is why we are leaving” narrative that begins the process for a congregations who are exploring leaving the denomination.

If you would like to offer your voice and share why you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA), please fill out this form below and I’ll be in touch if/when I post your response.

I will do my best to post as many responses as I can.

To see a list of all responses click here.

 

 

 

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