Presbyterian church moves toward leaving national group
COLORADO SPRINGS | The 4,000member First Presbyterian Church in Colorado has taken another step toward leaving the denomination over its increasing acceptance of contemporary morals on homosexuality.
KRDO-TV reported that 80 percent of the Colorado Springs congregation voted Sunday voted in favor of proceeding with efforts to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Senior Pastor Jim Singleton cited disagreements with the denomination’s direction, including a decision last year to allow the ordination of sexually active gays as clergy. Church leaders are expected to vote this summer on whether to allow ministers to officiate at samesex weddings.
The First Presbyterian Church is one of the largest in the country to belong to the PC-USA. The Gazette reported it may seek to join the conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.