Wide range of responses to 2016 PCA GA’s actions

  The 44th General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) met from June 20-23, 2016. Responses to its actions ranged from trivial humor to full approval to serious concern. A new denominational logo, which depicts a cross and an open Bible, occasioned social media remarks noting a resemblance to the helmet of … Continue reading Wide range of responses to 2016 PCA GA’s actions

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Faith community rallies around a church after fire damages building

  “Ridiculously surreal.” That’s how Senior Pastor Stu Kerns described the phone call informing him of a fire at Zion Church (PCA) in Lincoln, NE. This was the second time he’d received such a call. The previous building at a different location had been completely destroyed by fire in 2007. “I felt like this is … Continue reading Faith community rallies around a church after fire damages building

Changing the Ethos of Chicago

On February 14, 2016, Justin Beach was ordained as Associate Pastor at Ethos Chicago, a unique church that meets for weekly worship at the historic Biograph Theater in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on the city’s north side. “God has led me on a journey I never knew I would take,” Justin says. “Ten years ago … Continue reading Changing the Ethos of Chicago

Writer, speaker, preacher now seminary professor

  Kevin DeYoung, a well-known speaker and popular author, will teach for Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) while remaining Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI. On October 26, 2015, RTS announced the appointment of DeYoung as chancellor’s professor of systematic and historical theology, beginning January 1, 2016. The position will allow the … Continue reading Writer, speaker, preacher now seminary professor

PCA’s Chicago Metro Presbytery welcomes five new congregations

  The Chicago Metro Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) welcomed five new congregations during a celebration service held on May 17 at First Church in Lansing, IL. The five Illinois congregations recently came out of the Illiana-Florida Classis of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). They include First Church and Grace Church, … Continue reading PCA’s Chicago Metro Presbytery welcomes five new congregations

The process of leaving: Churches moving from the RCA to the PCA

In July, Christian Renewal reported that several congregations of the Reformed Church in America had petitioned their classes with the intent to withdraw from the RCA. The most visible of those congregations, University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI, held a second congregational vote on November 23, 2014. At this second meeting, over 95 percent … Continue reading The process of leaving: Churches moving from the RCA to the PCA

Moving to a new location

After seven years of sharing a facility with College Avenue Christian Church, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, IA, now meets in a new location, shared with Christ United Methodist Church. “The sanctuary was built in 1954 and there is at least one couple who has been there since the start,” says Redeemer’s senior minister, … Continue reading Moving to a new location

Churches leaving the RCA

Like pebbles tossed into a lake, consistories petitioning to leave the Reformed Church in America are creating widening ripples. An initial ripple occurred when Peace Church in Middleville, MI (Pastor Adam Barr), petitioned South Grand Rapids Classis on January 23 of 2014. Subsequent to congregational advisory votes, five consistories in Illiana-Florida Classis submitted petitions on … Continue reading Churches leaving the RCA

PCA GA: Déjà vu on many issues

At the 41st General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) commissioners may have felt a sense of déjà vu as they dealt with many issues that have been considered at previous assemblies. The PCA GA met from June 18-21, 2013, in Greenville, SC. Online reports gave the Assembly mixed reviews. Some aspects … Continue reading PCA GA: Déjà vu on many issues

PCA GA handles a variety of issues

The 40th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) met from June 19-21, 2012, in Louisville, KY. The 1,120 commissioners, consisting of 832 Teaching Elders (ministers) and 288 Ruling Elders (elders), elected Dr. Michael F. Ross, pastor of Christ Covenant PCA in Matthews, NC, as Moderator. Dr. Roy Taylor serves as Stated Clerk … Continue reading PCA GA handles a variety of issues