By Lee Shearer, Athens Banner-Herald (GA).
Members of Athens’ Central Presbyterian church dissatisfied with recent shifts in the denomination’s theology are welcome to join another denomination — but they will have to leave Central Presbyterian, a regional church governing body has told rebellious members of the congregation.
The Central Presbyterian “session” — a group similar to what in some denominations might be called a board of deacons, or council of elders — scheduled a Jan. 24 vote on whether the church should secede from the Presbyterian Church in the USA, the mainline Presbyterian denomination in the United States, and affiliate with a more conservative branch of Presbyterianism.
But the Administrative Commission of the Northeast Georgia Presbytery dissolved the Central session this week and will train and install a new session.
That Jan. 24 vote can go forward, the commission said in an email to church members Friday.