The mission of The Fellowship of Presbyterians is to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ. The Fellowship is an “umbrella organization” that includes members of the PC(USA), members of ECO, and brothers and sisters in Christ beyond these two denominations. Watch this to catch a vision of The Fellowship of Presbyterians.
The Fellowship of Presbyterians began in January 2011 as a conversation between seven PC(USA) pastors who wanted to find new ways to encourage each other in common faith, ministry, and mission. These pastors were concerned about the health of the PC(USA) as a denomination, where membership has dropped steadily over 40 years and ongoing disputes over theology and bureaucracy were creating a culture of contention rather than Kingdom vitality. They dreamed of reclaiming a covenanted biblical community, where unity is derived from a clearly articulated theology and a shared mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ, and where new generations of leaders are nurtured to speak the gospel into a rapidly-changing world.
These seven pastors issued a nationwide call to others of like mind who envisioned a new future for congregations to connect and grow while sharing a Presbyterian, Reformed, Evangelical heritage. In August 2011, more than 1900 men and women of diverse ages and ethnicities answered that call, gathering in Minneapolis to dream and pray together.
In January 2012, a Covenanting Conference in Orlando solidified the dream of The Fellowship of Presbyterians and they launched a new Reformed body, ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Between the Minneapolis and Orlando gatherings, 1,159 unique congregations were represented.
In August 2012, two regional gatherings in Colorado Springs and Atlanta took the dream further, giving attendees a firsthand experience of what life in The Fellowship and ECO would be like. Since that time, hundreds of congregations and individuals have joined The Fellowship of Presbyterians and begun the process of affiliation with ECO.
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Jesus-shaped Identity: We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.
Biblical Integrity: We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives.
Thoughtful Theology: We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.
Accountable Community: We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.
Egalitarian Ministry: We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.
Missional Centrality: We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.
Center-focused Spirituality: We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.
Leadership Velocity: We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.
Kingdom Vitality: We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.
INTERIM BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FELLOWSHIP OF PRESBYTERIANS AND ECO
Dana Allin, ECO Synod Executive, Fort Pierce, FL
Jim Singleton, Fellowship President, Gordon Conwell Seminary, South Hamilton, MA
John Crosby, Christ Presbyterian, Edina, MN
Marnie Crumpler, Peachtree Presbyterian, Atlanta, GA
Tae-Hyung Ko, Good Shepherd Presbyterian, Rowland Heights, CA
Eric Jacobsen, First Presbyterian, Tacoma, WA
Rich Kannwischer, St. Andrews Presbyterian, Newport Beach, CA
Anna Whitehead Kent, Minister at Large, Huntsville, AL
Vic Pentz, Peachtree Presbyterian, Atlanta, GA
M.J. Romano, Moderator, ECO Presbytery of the West
John Terech, Moderator, ECO Presbytery of the East
Chief Operating Officer, Brenda Smith, Colorado Springs, CO
Administrative Consultant, Paul Detterman, Louisville, KY
Executive Administrator, Jane Harper, Louisville, KY
Finance Director, Debbie Detterman, Louisville, KY