DISCERNMENT AND DISMISSAL

Your IPC Session has prayerfully considered a most important question:  as a congregation, will our mission of "disciples making disciples" be more effective if we were to join another Presbyterian order? The resounding and unanimous answer was "yes."  It had become increasingly apparent that our steadfast beliefs are, in many ways, at odds with the beliefs and direction being taken by our current denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), or PC(USA).

IPC has explored affiliation with an emerging denomination, ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. ECO's mission “to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ” fully aligns and resonates with IPC’s mission "to make disciples who make disciples."

The Los Ranchos Presbytery adopted a Property Policy and Procedures to assist congregations that are seeking dismissal from the PC(USA).

The following represents where IPC has been and where we are now in the Los Ranchos Presbytery Discernment and Dismissal process.

Discernment and Dismissal Timeline

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Period of Discernment   5/18/14–1/21/15
Session presented its recommendation that IPC enter into a period of discernment regarding IPC’s denominational affiliation; a straw poll vote is in favor of entering the discernment process; a series of Town Hall meetings are held; 40 Days of Prayer by the congregation; second straw poll held in January 2015 supports entering the process with the Presbytery.

Dialogue Toward a Joint Solution   1/28/15–present
JST consists of three IPC members and three representatives from the Los Ranchos Presbytery; their task is to work together—following the process laid out in the Presbytery’s Property Policy—to prepare a recommended Joint Solution (JS) of dismissal.

Presentation to Presbytery   11/19/15
The Joint Solution will be presented to IPC Session, Presbytery Council, Trustees and Committee on Ministry. Each must respond within 30 days. Then the JST will respond to comments or amendments within 30 days, possibly followed by another review cycle. Once a JS has been reached, it goes to a first and second reading, then a final vote by the Presbytery.

  • JST Disbanded and New JST Requested  2/24/16
    The Joint Solution Team (JST) has been disbanded due to an impasse. We have requested the formation of a new JST as described in this letter to the Presbytery of Los Ranchos.
  • Second JST formed  6/01/16
    We are still in the process of determining a feasible solution for dismissal.
2nd Presentation to Presbytery  TBD
The Joint Solution will be presented to IPC Session, Presbytery Council, Trustees and Committee on Ministry. Each must respond within 30 days. Then the JST will respond to comments or amendments within 30 days, possibly followed by another review cycle. Once a JS has been reached, it goes to a first and second reading, then a final vote by the Presbytery.

Acceptance and Dismissal
If the JS is approved by the Presbytery and IPC Session, IPC congregation will vote on it within 90 days. A 2/3 majority vote by the congregation members is required for passage.