Are denominations dead? Is there any point to being a Baptist, or Methodist, or Pentecostal? Don’t these distinctions simply divide the church? Are they even useful anymore in our day of non-denominational networks and independent churches?
While all denominations have their difficulties there is still a place for them. I’m a member of a church that is part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). This is a conservative, Southern, Presbyterian group started in the 1970s in contrast to more theologically liberal branches of Presbyterianism.
The PCA has been predominately Anglo since its beginning. But Wy Plummer, the African American Ministry Coordinator for the PCA has been in the denomination for over 30 years. In this brief post, Wy gives a compelling reason why anyone, particularly African Americans, should consider the PCA.
I was once asked by a young, African American seminary student, “Why would I want to be a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)?”
Although I could have talked about the PCA’s sound, biblical doctrinal position based on historic Augustinian/Calvinistic theology. I could have talked about our Presbyterian polity which benefits from the best of congregational and episcopal structures. I could have boasted about the PCA’s belief that the laborer is worthy of his hire and is therefore committed to seeing its pastors fully supported financially so as to relieve them of worldly concerns. I could have talked about the PCA’s desire for biblical diversity and it’s commitment to church planting as a means of fulfilling the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20).
But instead I said, “The only reason to come into the PCA is if God is calling you and if God is calling you, you won’t be able to resist.”
Read the rest of the article here. And join Wy and African American college and seminary students from around the country at the LDR ’13 Weekend–Call & Response: Hearing and Heeding God’s Will for Your Life over Labor Day in St. Louis.
Comment: Are you part of a denomination? What are the arguments for or against denominations?