Presbyterian Church in America
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Time Period
1973
Description
In the 1960s, conservatives within the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. began to feel increasingly isolated from the rest of the southern denomination due to the growing influence of liberal theology, involvement in social issues, possible mergers with more liberal Presbyterian bodies, and the ordination of women. As a result, 260 congregations formed several presbyteries from 1972 to 1973, and by December of 1973, they officially became the National Presbyterian Church (later changed to the Presbyterian Church in America in 1974). A group of some 40,000 churchgoers from the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (the mostly northern denomination separate from the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.) also left to join the nascent denomination.

As of 2009, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is the second largest Presbyterian church body with more than 340,000 members. Although the denomination is similar to other Presbyterian denominations in belief and organizational structure, it does not ordain women and also places a great emphasis on evangelism, participating in the National Association of Evangelicals.
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Photographs

Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham AL, where the organizing assembly of the PCA was held- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Cryx88 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

First Presbyterian Church PCA in Eutaw, AL- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-highsm-11479
Book/Journal Source(s)
Melton, J. Gordon, 2009. Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions, Eighth Edition. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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