When the General Assembly of my denomination voted (negligibly) to divest from three U.S. companies in Israel and (overwhelmingly) to approve an authoritative interpretation to officiate in same-sex marriages, there were so many people who were concerned that :
- Global mission partnerships would be broken
- Congregations would leave the denomination
- Immigrant congregations would break from the denomination.
What if all of these things are true and yet . . .
- Some new partnerships were created?
- New congregations were planted precisely because of GA actions?
- Immigrant congregations intentionally sought out a relationship with the PCUSA?
I’m just one person serving one corner of the church, but I’m here to say that – since the General Assembly decisions:
- Three racial-ethnic pastors have approached me about becoming part of the PCUSA because of recent GA actions
- Two pastors ordained in a conservative branch of the Presbyterian family have approached me about becoming PCUSA
- My twenty-something children contacted me after the GA actions to share that their friends want to learn more about the PCUSA because of the recent votes of the General Assembly
What if what we fear actually brings growth and expansion of God’s Kingdom and glory to our Creator?.