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Is joining a denomination right for your local church?

When a local church is considering joining a denomination, there are numerous factors to weigh carefully to ensure a good fit and a fruitful partnership. This decision should not be taken lightly, as it can significantly impact the church's mission,…

Government Coercion to Suppress Speech: How the principles of NRA v. Vullo could apply to your church

The recent Supreme Court opinion in NRA v. Vullo reaffirmed a long standing First Amendment principle: the government cannot threaten legal action against a third party to suppress an individual, or organizations, disfavored speech.   In NRA v. Vullo, the Defendant, Maria Vullo, was…

The "Gracious Dismissal" Policy of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

The Presbyterian Church (USA), or PC(USA), does not have a single, uniform gracious dismissal policy. Instead, each presbytery (regional governing body) is responsible for developing its own policy, guided by the principles outlined by the General Assembly.

The governance structure of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

The Presbyterian Church (USA), or PCUSA, operates under a system of governance known as Presbyterian polity. This system emphasizes a representative form of leadership and decision-making based on a historic structure of governing bodies. It's designed to foster shared responsibility,…
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