MPPC & Denominational Affiliation

MPPC's congregation voted on Sunday, March 2, to approve Session's recommendation to change denominations from the Presbyterian Church (USA), (PC[USA]) to ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). The recommendation by Session was made by unanimous vote on June 11, 2013, following many years of active questioning, praying, fasting, and study. With a spirit of love in Christ for the PC(USA) and the Presbytery of San Francisco, MPPC’s leadership is wholeheartedly recommending this course so that we can pursue God’s calling on the church as best we can.

March 2, 2014 Results.

Financial terms and the Sunday, March 2, vote date, have been agreed upon by MPPC's Session and the Presbytery's Leadership Council.

 

Summary of Dismissal Terms

A message from Elder Ken Perez, on behalf of Session. February 16, 2014.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons for Session's recommendation: We believe that the church has the most important task in the world, which is to help men and women become followers of Jesus Christ. Changing to ECO, another Presbyterian denomination gives MPPC the best opportunity to fulfill its calling as a church because of four key factors: 

 • Identity
 • Mission
 • Governance
 • Property





 

 

The process: In June 2012, our presbytery adopted a Policy for Reconciliation and Dismissal of Congregations (amended in June 2013), that provides a process by which a local church can seek dismissal. We are currently following the process outline in the policy, which will lead to a vote of the congregation. Congregants must be members as of 2/12/14 of the church to vote on 3/2/14. If you would like to check your membership status, contact us at [email protected]  Learn more about membership at mppc.org/membership.

Recent letters to the congregation:

  • September 11, 2013, letter from the PET and MPPC's Special Committee of the Congregation (SCC) here.  
  • October 22, 2013, letter from the SCC here.  

 

 

About ECO: Also in 2012, ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, a new Presbyterian denomination, was formed. ECO recently has been approved for membership in the World Communion of Reformed Churches. It currently has 57 churches with the number expected to be 180 by 2014.  ECO has core values that line up with MPPC:

 • A Jesus-shaped Identity that holds that Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry based upon Scripture as the unique and authoritative Word of God.

• Missional Centrality: ECO believes in living out the whole of the Great Commission—including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice—in our communities and around the world.
• Governance: ECO believes in accountable community and that guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. ECO wants to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.
• Property: A local church owns its own property in ECO.

 

You can also learn more about the PC(USA) on its website:

 

 

Our unchanging commitments: 

  • Our commitment to be a Jesus church. Everything we do will be about helping people find and follow Jesus. We will preach the gospel in thoughtful ways. We will invite others to share the gospel in humble ways. We will help people take next steps in their faith as disciples of Jesus.
  • Our commitment to connecting people in community. Whether it's through opening a new multisite campus or connecting people into small groups, we are committed to building authentic community where people can know others and be known. 
  • Our commitment to welcome anyone to attend, explore, find community and take a next step of faith toward Jesus. We will continue to seek to remove every barrier between people and God so that they might respond to the good news of Jesus. 
  • Our commitment to mission and kingdom generosity. As a church we are committed to understanding and serving those in need. For more than 33 years, we have given at least 10% of our budget to mission causes beyond our congregation. We will continue to support mission and ministry both around the Bay and across the globe. 
  • Our commitment to be in relationship with churches in and outside the PC(USA). We have great partnerships with other PC(USA) churches and churches in other denominations. Being part of ECO will not change that. In fact, it will open the door to work together on ministry and mission rather than church policy and governance issues. 
  • Our commitment to theological education, egalitarian leadership, accountable governance, and best practice ministry. We will have strong biblical teaching in alignment with our historical confessions. We will have oversight by elders, and will keep learning as humbly and urgently as we can from churches and ministries that are making a difference for Christ in an increasingly secular context. We want to be in respectful conversation and loving relationships with people across the theological spectrum in the Christian world, as well as with persons of every other religion or no religion at all, while remaining clear on our own convictions and spiritual commitments.


What we are asking of our congregation:

This is not just a decision about a vote. We are asking you to make this a spiritual journey because we will discern God’s will together as the body of Christ. On March 2, we need every member to have prayed and learned so that you can come and vote. We have a mission and there are eternal issues at stake. We want to bring the power of the Gospel to communities around us, opening five new campuses in five years. We believe that God can do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power at work within us. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.