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.
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:
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:
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:
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.