COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The congregation as First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs has officially voted to leave the Presbyterian USA denomination.
The church plans to switch to a more conservative denomination called the Evangelical Covenant Order Of Presbyterians.
Leaders say its because of scriptural conflicts and the decision to allow openly gay ministers to be ordained.
95.5% of those who voted said First Pres.should leave Presbyterian USA.
There is also a financial aspect to the split. The congregation must pay $650,000 to keep worshiping in their church. It will be paid over a five-year period to their regional governing body Pueblo Presbytery.
The official split won't happen until June. They must wait for the Pueblo Presbytery to grant them a "Gracious Dismissal."
KRDO NewsChannel 13's Jaclyn Rostie is looking into the why, what's next, and getting reaction.
We'll have full coverage on KRDO NewsChannel 13 at 10.