John Ortberg’s Church Votes to Leave PCUSA

San Francisco Bay Area’s Menlo Park Presbyterian is one of the country’s largest Presbyterian churches. Or, it was, until members voted to leave the denomination—and pay the $8.89 million cost for doing so—and join a new, fast-rising denomination called ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. The church is about four thousand members strong, and is led by well-known pastor and author John Ortberg. The church’s reasons for leaving were lengthy, involving differences in mission, identity and core theology.

“This is a major milestone, and not an ending but a beginning,” Ortberg wrote. “There’s a lot yet to come of what Dallas Willard called the unique life of spiritual adventure in living with God daily — entering fully into the good news that Jesus has brought, for ourselves, and for us as a church” …

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