Sunday, July 29, 2012

Evaluating Other Denominations

     In our Deep Discernment process we have spent a lot of time and energy evaluating the Presbyterian Church (USA).  I am thankful for the many people who have joined in the process sharing prayers, thoughts and insights.
     Now, we are embarking on a new adventure in our Deep Discernment-that of choosing a new denominational home.  While we will continue to work with the Presbytery of Central Washington's discernment team to ensure that we have heard the Spirit's call rightly, we are preparing to make a move to a new denomination.  This is a major change in our mindset.
     Up to this point we have been investigating if we can continue to minister in, with and on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Now, having determined we cannot, we need to begin to describe a denomination in which we could do what we feel we currently cannot.  To accomplish this goal a Commission has been created that will begin to put together a list of Values (needs) and Criteria (wants and necessary requirements) with which to evaluate the denominational picture.
     This list (and the denominations under consideration) is currently very fluid, but if you would like a peek, you can see the list as it currently stands here.  We will continue to fill in the details of the list (and are thankful to others who have given us a head start with their own charts).

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