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John Ortberg’s Megachurch Approved To Leave PC(USA) over Multisite

Posted on | March 14, 2014 | No Comments

(UPDATED) To pay $9 million price tag, pastor will sell home where wife wanted to ‘be buried in the backyard.’

Update (March 13): John Ortberg's megachurch has received approval to leave the PC(USA) for ECO. And to help pay the nearly $9 million price tag, Ortberg will sell his home of 10 years of which his wife Nancy once expressed, "I want to live here until I die, and when I die I want to be buried in the back yard.”

The Layman offers athorough report on the final agreement.

Since ECO is only two years old, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church must remain with ECO (or with other more-conservative denominations, such as the Evangelical Presbyterian Church or the Presbyterian Church in America) for five years after the dismissal, or the main campus in Santa Cruz will revert back to the PC(USA), according to the agreement.

The dismissal, which will be effective June 10, frees Menlo Park to pursue its multisite plan to open five new campuses in five years. (See original post below.)

Meanwhile, a sizable report on the growing multisite movement was released this week. America now boasts more than 8,000 multisite church locations with five million weekly worshipers, according to the Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard.

Among the study's 25 findings: most multisite leaders believe that campuses should be within 15 to 30 minutes of each other, and most hire a majority of their pastors (87 percent) internally. Religion News Service breaks down the findings further.

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[Originally posted March 7, 1:36 p.m., entitled: John Ortberg's Megachurch Votes To Leave PC(USA) over Multisite Concerns | In fresh wrinkle to Presbyterian splits, Menlo Park cites doctrine but also desire for more campuses.]

The latest wrinkle in the ongoing mainline exodus: multisite.

More than 90 percent of Menlo Park …

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