EPC GA Debates Revision of Abortion Statement
Revising their abortion statement was on the agenda of The Evangelical Presbyterian Church GA
For Presbyterians newly transferred from the PCUSA it was refreshing to participate in substantive debate on the nuances of wording in a gathering where there was clearly essential unity about standing against abortion and acknowledging that every human life is sacred and precious to God. Commissioners were clearly intent on giving careful attention to the... Continue Reading
EPC Assembly Opens with “Understanding the Secular Landscape” Presentation
Mittleberg spoke of seven “key elements that will equip and motivate us to better reach our world for Jesus Christ.”
“In order for this to happen, we have to move first. The Great Commission starts with the command to go and that is Jesus’ command to us, His disciples today.” Referring to the pictogram he asked, “When you look at this — do you yell across the chasm and call them to come to you?... Continue Reading
William Dudley Elected Moderator of the EPC
Dudley has been the senior pastor of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church in Signal Mountain, Tenn., for 24 years
Dudley has served as associate pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Ala.; pastor of Newnan Presbyterian Church in Newnan, Ga.; and, again at Memorial Church as senior pastor for 14 years before to his call to Signal Mountain. After 38 years of ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA), in 2007, Dudley transferred his ordination... Continue Reading
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Meets In Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Record Assembly to consider new presbytery and approve a revised Book of Government
This is a record-setting General Assembly for the EPC. More than 1100 people from around the world will gather in Denver, including 620 voting commissioners and 35 exhibitors. The General Assembly will also have an international flavor to it. In attendance will be more than 60 EPC missionaries, 50% more than last year, and fraternal... Continue Reading
A Preview of the 2013 EPC General Assembly
The 33rd General Assembly meeting of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church will be held at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colo., June 18-22
A big part of the assembly will be the integration of hundreds of new delegates from churches that have realigned their denominational affiliation to the EPC in the past 12 months. Every minister member of the EPC and a complement of elders from every EPC congregation may be seated as commissioners. With more than 400... Continue Reading
Evangelical Presbyterian Church issues statement on Preventive Care Mandate
Religious liberty means Americans are free to practice their chosen religion everywhere, all the time
Debate of the issue at the assembly acknowledged that the EPC does not take political positions but does issue statements related to theological and Biblical matters. Because life, religious liberty and the free exercise of the conscience are regarded as issues of significant importance, commissioners agreed overwhelmingly to issue the statement.
EPC General Assembly re-drawing some presbytery boundaries around women’s ordination
Ordination of women to all offices is an essential "yes" in the PCUSA and ECO, and an essential "no" in the PCA; "non-essential" in the EPC.
Currently, two of the EPC presbyteries are majority complementarian, which means they do not ordain women to the office of teaching elder. And in Mid-America "a number of presbyters have expressed the view that churches with women ruling elders should not be received into the presbytery."
Evangelical Presbyterian Church has grown from 182 to 364 churches in five years
Executive presbyters in the PCUSA know of 800 churches in the discernment or dismissal process
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) voted unanimously to elect the Rev. Jeffrey Jeremiah to a third term as its stated clerk. In his remarks to the assembly, meeting this week at First Presbyterian Church, Baton Rouge, Jeremiah said that five years ago (2007) the EPC had 182 churches. Today, that number has literally doubled to 364.
EPC General Assembly, Friday Morning
Two congregations share news of weather-involved tragedy
Over seven hundred people from the EPC poured into the town from both teams and individual volunteer commitments to graciously assist. One church alone sent over 21 teams to Joplin, MO (sight of massive tornado)
From the EPC General Assembly: Thursday Morning Business Session
Focus on World Missions
First order of business was to bring forward 37 of the EPC’s world missionaries for prayer and recognition. Across the stage stood singles and couple’s representing the 324-church denomination’s work in Afghanistan, Belarus, Guatemala, and England among other locations.