DENOMINATIONAL DISCERNMENT

Focusing on our mission: to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus Christ,

Neelsville is in the midst of discernment to determine God's will whether we are to remain

in the PC(USA) or affiliate with the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). 



  • may 4, 2017 NCP Discernment Team Recommendatio

    The NCP Discernment Team working with Neelsville recommended to the Leadership Council of the presbytery that the process move forward. Leadership Council approved the establishment of a task force to determine property and financial considerations in order to complete the disaffiliation process.

  • National Capital Presbytery Congregational Survey Results, March 19 2017

    The congregation met Sunday, March 19th 2017 to hear a report on the discernment survey. General Presbyter, Rev. Dr. Wilson Gunn was present to answer questions. Elder Chad Porter presented the results and analysis of the National Capital Presbytery survey, that showed strong support of the Session's recommendation NPC leave PC(USA) and join ECO, a Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Read the report here.



  • March 2017 Congregational Meeting

    There will be a congregational meeting Sunday, March 19, beginning at 12:15pm for the purpose of electing a new deacon and hearing the Discipleship & Discernment Team report on the congregational survey. Rev. Dr. Wilson Gunn, National Capital Presbytery General Presbyter, will be our guest in the 11am worship service and will attend our meeting. 

  • Session update feb 2017

    Following several years of discussion and a full year of prayerful discernment regarding denominational issues, the Session is recommending to the Neelsville membership that we disaffiliate with PCUSA and seek affiliation with the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO).


    The NPC Session affirms that we remain affiliated with PCUSA in good standing at this time, and a congregational vote to disaffiliate will adhere to the disaffiliation process defined by the National Capital Presbytery (NCP) and led by the NCP Discernment Team.

  • December 2016 update

    Discernment Considerations for our Presbyterian Affiliation

    by Craig Arold, NPC Elder and Discipleship & Discernment Chairman   Read more.

  • Discipleship & Discernment Dec '16 update

    Review of Town Hall meetings with the National Presbytery Discernment Team. Session to contact the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO) to learn more about this denomination as a possible home for Neelsville, should the church decided to move out of the PC(USA). Read more.

  • Town Hall Meeting with Task Force

    Sunday, November 6th and 13th, 4:00-5:30p.m. (For those who cannot attend on Nov. 6th, a second option is Thursday, Nov 10th, 7:00-8:30p.m. The National Capitol Presbytery's Discernment Task Force, which has previously met with our Session, is calling these meetings for the purpose of discerning the will of the congregation with regard to the status of Neelsville as a member of the PC(USA).

  • July 24, 2016   town hall meeting


    Discussing Denominational Discernment

    Process, Issues, and Information

    Questions & Answers.  View the PowerPoint presentation.

  • June 5, 2016   update

    A congregational meeting was called for June 5, 2016 during which the Discipleship and Discernment Team updated the church. Read more.

  • June 2016 newsletter update

    Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, shared his insights on denominational issues ... Read more.

  • april 2016 Newsletter update

    For a number of years the Neelsville session (elder board) has had lengthy discussions regarding denominational issues. Last December the session concluded that now is the right time to revisit the concept of discernment... Read more.

  • March 7, 2016 letter to the congregation

    We thank God for all the good we see Him doing in the life of our congregation and in our community... Read more.

  • March 2016 newsletter testimony

    SUE'S STORY: My Journey within the Presbyterian Church...Read more.

  • February 20, 2016 session' letter to ncp

    Session' letter to National Capital Presbytery leadership Council informing them of Neelsville's desire to enter discernment.
    Read more.


  • February 2016 newsletter

    Pastor Pete's article titled "Jesus is the Only Way"

    Read more.

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  • MARCH 18, 2014  NCP Disaffiliation Process

    National Capital Presbytery Process for Use When a Church Wishes to Disaffiliate from the Presbyterian Church (USA)

    Read more.

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