DISCERNMENT AND DISMISSAL
Joint Solution FAQ
Should we keep giving our tithes and offerings to IPC during this process or should we hold them back until the process is completed?
IPC has financial obligations like our staff’s salaries, mortgage payments, and utility bills. So it’s important for IPC’s operations, as well as our financial integrity, to be able to pay our bills. Therefore, please continue to give your tithes and offerings as usual.
Have other churches been dismissed from Los Ranchos Presbytery?
Yes, ten churches have gone through the process we are now in, and have been dismissed or are in the process of being dismissed. Some are quite large, like St. Andrew’s Presbyterian (Newport Beach) and Trinity Presbyterian (Tustin). Other churches are Good Shepherd (Los Alamitos), First Presbyterian of Westminster, Christ Presbyterian (Huntington Beach), Christ Presbyterian (Lakewood), Community Presbyterian (Long Beach), Wintersburg Presbyterian (Santa Ana), Journey Evangelical (Westminster), and St. Paul’s Presbyterian (Anaheim).
How long will it take to get to a proposal we can vote on?
Absent something extraordinary that might accelerate the Joint Solution process, the earliest that a Joint Solution could be presented for a congregational vote would be December of this year. Before a proposed Joint Solution will be presented for a congregational vote, it must be approved by a majority vote at a scheduled Presbytery meeting. The earliest that a proposed JS could be presented to the Presbytery for a first reading would likely be at a meeting scheduled for late September. If the first reading occurred at the September meeting, the Joint Solution could come up for a Presbytery vote at its next scheduled meeting in late November.