The Church of Scotland is facing a “silent rebellion” over the issue of gay ordination from traditionalists who stay in the Kirk amid claims its coffers could face being hit by the loss of millions of pounds a year from those who leave.
The claims came as father and son ministers said they would leave the Church over the Kirk’s move to further back gay clergy at its May General Assembly, despite the decision still having to be ratified over the next two years.
Traditionalists within Kirk sessions and presbyteries could move to block gay clergy by refusing to administer ordination, the clergy Aberdeen minister Rev Louis Kinsey suggested, as Rev David Randall of Ayrshire followed his father Rev David Randall senior of Logie St John’s in Dundee in becoming the latest to say publicly that they will leave.
It follows three congregations in Edinburgh and five in the north of Scotland reported to have signalled discontent since May’s decision.
About 10 congregations in total are understood to be in specific negotiations with the Kirk to leave over its struggle with gay ordination was brought to the fore after the appointment of openly gay Rev Scott Rennie to an Aberdeen church in 2009.