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Denominational IssuesTown Hall Meeting. Stockton Presbytery. The Fellowship & ECO. New Ministry Ideas. Questions. Why do mainline denominations decline? How do organizations actually change – how is the church renewed?. Realities. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Denominational Issues Town Hall Meeting

Denominational IssuesTown Hall MeetingStockton PresbyteryThe Fellowship & ECONew Ministry IdeasQuestionsWhy do mainline denominations decline?How do organizations actually change how is the church renewed?

RealitiesThere will be those who either will not or wont be able to leave the PC-USAThere will be those who cannot, in good conscience, stay in the PC-USADesire to support Covenanting partners within and without by doing something different and encourage joint ministry where possible

ProposalWe believe we will not survive without drastic intervention. We are ready to do something different, TO THRIVE as the Body of Christ. We call others of like mind to envision a new future for congregations who share our Presbyterian, Reformed, Evangelical heritage. If the denomination has the ability and will to move in this new direction, we will rejoice. Regardless, a group of us will change course, forming a new way for our congregations to relate. ProposalTheological Re-Covenanting return to core theological values

Polity Re-envisioning what has and what has not served us wellProposalA Fellowship of CongregationsAffirm a Covenant of FaithAffirm the Essentials Tenets

Possible Reconfigurations of Presbyteries in PC-USA

Formation of a New Reformed Body

PC-USAECOFellowship of Presbyterians Fellowship PassionsA clear, concise theological core to which we subscribe, within classic biblical, Reformed/Evangelical traditions, A commitment to nurture leadership in local congregationsA passion to share in the larger mission of the people of God globally A dream of multiplying healthy, missional communities;A pattern of fellowship and joint mission, with regular gatherings locally, regionally, and nationallyFellowship StructureA minimalist structure, replacing bureaucracy and most rules with relational networks of common purpose;Property and assets under stewardship of the local Session. Rather than large institutions, joint ventures with specialized ministries An atmosphere of support for congregations both within and outside of the PC(USA).

Core-ValuesJesus-Shaped IdentityBiblical IntegrityThoughtful TheologyAccountable CommunityEgalitarian MinistryCore-ValuesMissional CentralityCenter-Focused SpiritualityLeadership VelocityKingdom VitalityFellowship OptionsTIER 1: Remain in prophetically but go Missional TIER 2: Become a Union Congregation (or Presbytery) TIER 3: Dismissal into the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians Fellowship DocumentsFellowship CovenantTheology ProjectThe Book of ConfessionsThe Essential Tenets Drawn only from Book of ConfessionsTheological PracticesEssential TenetsWhile the value and role of the essentials have long been debated; the essentials themselves have not been identified for debate. Recent generations have acknowledged their presence this is stated clearly in every officers ordination questions and yet simultaneously we have not bothered to locate them. We are impoverished for their absence. We are also too broad. A collection of confessions lends itself to the wisdom of identifying what is essential within them. Essential TenetsOur theological ideas and inclinations as a church are far too diffuse to unite us. We reject the proposition that theology divides. Instead, we affirm the proposition that truth tends toward unity, yet we are the first generation of Presbyterian officers who do not have in the same ordination question the words truth and unity. Identifying essentials necessarily and rightly focuses our theological conversation and our life together. (pages 1-2) Churches / MinistersSign Fellowship CovenantAffirm Essential TenetsCommit to Fellowship Networks of AccountabilityNarrative on the State of Religion


MissionECO is committed to growing and planting flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

VisionAs an expression of the Fellowship of Presbyterians, ECO seeks to serve the ministry and mission of Christs Church. Our name represents a three-fold commitment to make disciples of Jesus Christ (Evangelical), connect leaders through accountable biblical relationships founded in Gods grace (Covenant), and commit to a shared way of life together (Order). The acronym ECO also speaks to our commitment to strengthen the ecosystems of local churches, providing the resources needed to grow, thrive, and reproduce.

CharacteristicsDefined core theology and behavioral expectations.ECO is concerned with ecclesiastical matters and therefore property is not held in trust.Voting is done in parity at all levels and only when people are connected with a local congregation.

CharacteristicsChurch is redefined. Elders and deacons can be deployed for greater ministry Emphasis on the role of members as covenant partners Greater local flexibility Deacons, Elders and Pastors

CharacteristicsPresbyteries also have greater freedomMissional Affinity Network Accountability, support, and encouragementFlatter structure with an emphasis on Gods work within the local congregation

SpecificsPolity and Discipline DocumentMember churches of ECO will contribute 1% of Annual Budget to its missionECO has a Medical Plan ECO has a Retirement/Pension plan

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