Our disaffiliation does not follow the normal scheme of things. The presbytery is trying to do its best to re-establish that order.
Our stance is that we are an independent, congregational church while we are in the process of being admitted into the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Our disaffiliation disavows the authority of the PCUSA over us. The denomination’s departure from its own constitutional and scriptural standards created both a crisis for us (we cannot stay) and a mode of leaving (since the constitution was officially questioned, we did so, as well).
The following is a verbatim report of the presbytery’s plans for the Kirk:
Establish an Administrative Commission with power and authority to
- Assume original jurisdiction over the Session, working with the current staff and leaders insofar as necessary for the day-to-day operations of the church.
- Determine the current ordained leadership and corporate officers
- Determine ownership of property and records
- Determine the factions within the current membership and attempt reconciliation
- If reconciliation is impossible, determine the true membership of the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church [sic]
- Provide pastoral care for those wishing to remain members of the PCUSA
- Determine the strategy for mission in that community
- Establish and maintain a regular and continuing relationship with the higher governing bodies of the Kirk.
The additional information in the report strongly suggests that I and Wayne have misled the Kirk regarding the denomination. There is also a long list of our actions that are determined to be irregular.
One of our members attended this meeting, providing the notes I am quoting from. He also noted at the bottom of the page, "All recommended actions passed unanimously.* No attempt was made to address the underlying problem which led to the Kirk’s actions.” (emphasis added)
His statement further underscores the position of the denomination toward dissenting churches. There is little or no concern for the causes of dissatisfaction, but there is tremendous concern about taking control and the possession of property.
Keep praying—keep the faith,
* we later found that one person voted against the EOP action.