First Presbyterian Congregation Votes To Leave Denomination

Congregation Overwhelmingly Approves Breakaway Vote

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.

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