The First Presbyterian Church of Griffin has entered a Period of Discernment with the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta regarding our possible dismissal from the PC(USA) to join A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). The following links give arguments both in favor of leaving the PC(USA) and in favor of staying in the PC(USA). We ask that the members give prayerful thoughts to these issues, and consider carefully what course of action will glorify God.

The elder in charge will be in the back of the sanctuary Sundays after the service to answer questions about the discernment process or the ECO.


In favor of leaving the PC(USA)

In favor of staying in the PC(USA)

A YouTube video of Dana Allin (former head pastor of Indian River Presbyterian in Ft. Pierce, FL and current Synod Executive of ECO) explaining why his church felt called to seek dismissal from PC(USA) at a presentation for Los Ranchos Presbytery. A YouTube video of Jack Haberer, editor of The Presbyterian Outlook, at a presentation for Los Ranchos Presbytery, presenting his rebuttal to concerns regarding the PC(USA) position on the authority of scripture and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.
A recounting of historical events within the denomination that have caused congregations to seek dismissal. Written by Carmen Fowler editor of The Layman. Page on the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s website provides links to explanations of “Who are we Presbyterians”, Presbyterian History as well as PC(USA) positions on such issues as theology and social justice issues.
Paper on the Christ Presbyterian Church, of Edina MN’s website discusses the “Five Solas” of the Reformed faith, and the ways it is perceived that the PC(USA) has abandoned or compromised these tenets over its thirty year history. Paper written and distributed by the PC(USA) Office of the General Assembly in May, 2013, seeks to address the four main complaints that have been put forth by those who are withdrawing their support for the denomination.
Rev. Carolyn Poteet compares the events of the 2012 General Assembly, which is the highest governing body of the PC(USA), to the Five Solas of Reformed theology. The Rev. Joe Clifford’s, pastor of First Presbyterian Dallas, response to Highland Park Presbyterian’s decision to leave the PC(USA.) and join the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
Presbyterians for Renewal published this letter after the 2012 General Assembly meeting to explain why what happened in this meeting is such a cause for concern among conservative, orthodox congregations within the denomination. Mike Cole, General Presbyter of the Presbytery of New Covenant, submitted this report on the health of his presbytery and the PC(USA).
Rev. Mary Holder Naegeli (minister-at-large San Francisco Presbytery, and Moderator of the Presbyterian Coalition) outlines how recent GA Judiciary decisions represent a divergence from traditional orthodoxy. A current PC(USA) pastor presents a concise plea for churches considering dismissal to, instead, stay in the PC(USA).