February 5, 2013

Rise of the New Presbyterians

Jim Miller, Juicy Ecumenism

In January of 2012, a new Reformed denominational entity opened, known as ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, began offering evangelical churches in the PC(USA) a vehicle for departure. It had a governing board and a medical plan, but absolutely no member churches.

One year later things have changed.  ECO held its first national Synod on January 30 – February 1, 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, and almost 1200 people attended.  ECO now has 28 member churches, all of which were dismissed from the Presbyterian Church (USA).  There are another 48 churches are in the process of transitioning to ECO, and over 75 more are discerning a possible dismissal to ECO. A movement has launched.

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