One of the major items of discussion on the docket was the final approval of a gracious dismissal policy. To make this discussion even more difficult and painful was the reality that eight congregations were already in the process of leaving the denomination, and four of the eight have already completed the process and are now ready to move to the financial negotiation part of leaving our denomination.
This presbytery meeting had all the ingredients necessary for things to go ugly.
Unfortunately, far too many of us in the PC(USA) have had too many experiences of things going ugly at denominational meetings.
But it wasn't ugly.
It wasn't easy.
It was still very painful and difficult.
But the presbytery handled this situation in a way that would have totally honored Jesus Christ and his church.
How many times have you ever heard someone say that they love their presbytery?
Well, get ready.
Here it comes.
I LOVE MY PRESBYTERY!!!!!
I love the way my colleagues in ministry handled the potentially volatile and difficult situation with both grace, love, and mutual respect.
Given the difficult circumstances, you couldn't have asked for a better way for people to deal with a terribly difficult and painful situation.
Olympia Presbytery, I am proud to be one of your members. I thank God for the way you modeled a Christ-honoring, mission-prioritizing, mutual-forbearing.
It is a privilege to serve with you and to call you partners in ministry.