At our Fall geographic cluster of churches, we voted to allow those who wish to leave our denomination to take their property with them. I asked, as did others, that my vote against this be recorded by the stated clerk.
At a called meeting on Monday, we adopted guidelines for how we will release churches to other denominations. We discussed the importance of handling each case on it's own merits, without a blanket plan, as well as the need to have agreed upon guidelines on how we would divorce one another.
I cannot express the grief I feel over these developments.
I cherish the holy mystery of the Body of Christ. To see the Body divide, fracture and disperse grieves me terribly.
While I think I understand why various congregations wish to move to other denominations, I do not like it.
I hope, for them, that they find the perfect denomination in which to live out their corporate faith in Jesus. I mean this.
Our larger geographic cluster of churches came down to meet with us (not me, but the powers that be) to let us know that we are acting outside of our covenant with the larger church. A letter will be sent to us sometime. I hope I get a copy.
At the Monday meeting, a brother in the Lord said he had copies of the letter for us to see but I couldn't catch him quickly enough. He then suggested that we might, as a geographic cluster of congregations, consider removing ourselves as a group to another denomination.
I am sad.