Presbyterian Church(USA) Comparison Chart

Comparison of Basic Beliefs and Viewpoints of Three Presbyterian Denominations: 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PCUSA), Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians 
(ECO), and Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) 
At the request of Mid-Council leaders in the Presbyterian Church (USA) this comparison chart 
has been developed. Every effort has been made to make this as accurate as possible, using the 
official documents of each denomination as sources.

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  1. Dana Gilmour, I'm sorry this document disappointed you. I am curious which version you're referring to. One in wide distribution does note sources, but they refer to one person's views or actions here, or another group's statement there, but then compares those to the ECO or EPC's official statements. That is an unbalanced comparison. Our comparison chart attempts to correct this imbalance by using parallel statements from each denomination. Doesn't that seem fair? Charles

    by Charles Wiley

    December 6, 2014

  2. Alan, I was out of the office on med leave when you left your comment. Sorry to be slow to respond. I appreciate your suggestion, but I doubt we'd find much cooperation at this point. Unlike many of the other charts floating out there, we have tried to only use faithful summaries of official documents in this piece. Send me an email on the ones you think we might not have gotten just right. We're trying to be as fair as we know how to be. Charles

    by Charles Wiley

    December 6, 2014

  3. This document is an appalling, slanted re-write of the previous document. It contains NONE of the explanatory footnotes that document how what the BOO or judicial decisions vary from actual practice and preaching in the PC(USA). Extremely self-serving. Expected better from Theology and Worship. Additionally, the treatise on the 'way Forward" mentions May actions at the Church of Scotland GA--but omits the strong stand of 21 May Session V on marriage is between one man and one woman. 369 to 189 (There were 2 formal dissents: Rev Alistair Cook and Rev John T. Mann

    by dana gilmour

    December 6, 2014

  4. Nicely done. There are only a few minor places where I think the other two denominations might take exception or expand the summary of their beliefs. Personally, I would send it to them and ask them to comment or edit the section that applies to them. Then I would write an introductory paragraph stating that this had been done. It would make it the most credible source out there. This will also separate our way of interacting with the way they have practiced in the recent past. I like it when we are the ones who are 'squeaky clean' and up front. Just a suggestion.

    by Alan Adams

    November 4, 2014

  5. Manuel, Thank you for the encouragement.

    by Charles Wiley

    May 23, 2014

  6. A must have in every congregation's Sunday School and Cathequisms. :)

    by Manuel Silva-Esterrich

    May 23, 2014

  7. Thanks so much, Don. Someone else pointed this out to us last week, and I will revise and have it up this week. Not quite sure how that mistake got in there. Charles

    by Charles Wiley

    May 5, 2014

  8. Just so you know...I notice that in the revised comparative chart of the 3 denominations, the ordination question to candidates regarding the scriptures for the PCUSA, omitted are the words 'in the Church universal, and God's Word to you.'

    by Don Barkley

    May 5, 2014

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