The Presbyterian Coalition has announced that it will “cease as a non-profit organization and transfer all assets (about $7500) to The Fellowship Community (TFC) with the request that TFC would consider fielding a team to the 2018 General Assembly with the sole purpose to support, encourage, and assist evangelical GA commissioners.”
The decision was announced in a July 18 email signed by Gale Watkins, Bill Teng and Wally Warrenburg. The web site for the Coalition — http://www.presbycoalition.org/ — has already been disabled.
The email reads:
We write to let you know that we, the board of Presbyterian Coalition, have made a decision concerning our organization. We will cease as a non-profit organization and transfer all assets (about $7500) to The Fellowship Community (TFC) with the request that TFC would consider fielding a team to the 2018 General Assembly with the sole purpose to support, encourage, and assist evangelical GA commissioners.
A document (undated) we found online called “Why the Presbyterian Coalition?” says, “The Presbyterian Coalition was born out of concern for the Church which struggled to witness to historic and Biblical leadership standards and out of hope that the Lord of the Church would work his will through the people and polity of this Church. Beginning in the early 1990’s, the Presbyterian Coalition has gathered individuals, churches, organizations and their leadership into a loosely defined, open, and active movement sharing the conviction that the words of Scripture, interpreted by the Confessions of the Church, reveal the will of God.”
To that end, from 1996 to 2005, the Coalition organized a number of large national gatherings. The Coalition took positions on issues before the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and had a visible presence at meetings of General Assembly. In recent years, the landscape has changed dramatically. Prominent Coalition leaders have left the PCUSA or have retired from national church affairs. Our activities have been drastically curtailed. For the 2016 General Assembly, the Coalition hosted conference calls to help commissioners prepare for their work, and then sponsored and hosted gatherings of commissioners in Portland.
As we say farewell, we want to acknowledge the work that has been done over many years. We appreciate the strong leadership that has been offered by the staff and board members who preceded us. We give thanks for individuals and congregations who continued to support the work of the Presbyterian Coalition financially. Your gifts enabled us to be present at each General Assembly and to bear witness in that setting. Thank you for your love for the church.
God’s blessings on you.