Northminster Session Resolution – Confessing Church Movement
On July 24, 2001, Northminster Presbyterian Church registered its commitment to and participation in the Confessing Church Movement through passage of a Session Resolution.
In addition to confessing the three essential beliefs that are the cornerstones of the movement, the session of Northminster also commended the Presbyterian Coalition’s theological statement “Union in Christ: A Declaration for the Church” to the congregation for study; and reaffirmed its support of the work and vision of Presbyterians for Renewal, which subsequently became part of The Fellowship Community.
Northminster Presbyterian Church has joined with the sessions of 1,297 other congregations in 45 states and Puerto Rico in extending its endorsement of the Confessing Church Movement. These congregations collectively represent a national membership in excess of 428,500. Northminster is also one of 11 congregations in the state of Arizona that have declared their commitment to the movement.
Speaking the Truth in Love: An Ongoing Call
Northminster’s Response to the 2011 Amendment to the Constitution of the PC(USA)
Recently, our denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), approved a constitutional amendment changing a key paragraph in our Book of Order that details the standards of ordination in our denomination. A majority of the presbyteries, around the country, have voted to replace specific language about standards for those being ordained to leadership (deacons, elders, and pastors) with a new paragraph that allows for interpretive variance, as applied in each local jurisdiction (ie., church, presbytery, synod).
Ten Years as a Confessing Church
The Confessing Church Movement developed within the Presbyterian Church (USA) in response to a number of disturbing trends in the national denomination. These trends suggested theological and moral confusion, represented a deviation from standards set forth in Scripture and the PC(USA)’s Book of Confessions, and reflected a departure from certain foundational truths of Christianity.
Pastor Andy Ross reflects on Northminster’s ten years as a Confessing Church in the PC (USA) in this statement from July 2011.