In his Call to the Church, Presbyterian Church (USA) Moderator Heath Rada admitted to a lack of trust he senses across the denomination and calls for immediate discussions about how to move forward.
Can we even move forward? Is the breakdown between Louisville and the pew-dwellers so advanced that a re-think of how the PCUSA works makes sense?
Those discussions, which he promises to lead, are necessary and overdue. There are fundamental questions raised in his Call that don’t have easy or comfortable answers.
Distrust is his main theme. Conservative churches are considering leaving because of the theological drift of the past 10 years. They no longer trust the denomination to find them pastoral candidates who will support their interpretation of Scripture. They no longer trust PCUSA to spend their money on causes they can support and be proud of, nor trust or rely on them to produce acceptable Bible study materials and prioritize the dwindling resources of a shrinking arm of the Body of Christ. Worst of all, they no longer trust that PCUSA is committed to any essential tenets of presbyterian understanding of the faith.