Proposal for Membership Definitions and Yearly Dues

The Progressive Christian Alliance is an international, transdenominational association of Christian ministers, ministries and laypersons.

We are a diverse fellowship inviting others to share in our common spiritual journey while walking our unique and sacred pathways. We believe that following Christ’s example means working for social justice and hospitality to all people, especially those who have not found hospitality elsewhere, and a heartfelt, thoughtful approach to being in relationship with God.

We exist to provide support and love, direction and shared experience, encouragement and constructive engagement, in our mutually shared journey to celebrate a progressive sacramental Christian faith.

The Spirit is calling us to strengthen our relationships with one another as Progressive Christians and to establish clearer definitions of our loving and just relationships.  The Leadership Council is feeling lonely.

We don’t know our ministers, ministries and lay people well enough. We have developed a document outlining a plan to remedy our isolation and to connect us in a way that will enable a stronger right practice of Christ’s example (orthopraxis) of social justice and hospitality to all people, with a heart felt thoughtful approach of being in relationship with God.

This document is entitled, “Proposal for Membership Definitions and Yearly Dues.” We are posting it here on the PCA website and on our Facebook groups and pages for your consideration and refinement.  After extensive grassroots discussion and clarification the Leadership Council will place the final version up for a vote to include it in the PCA Constitution and Cannons. The Leadership Council celebrates the Progressive Christian Alliance and each and every one of our ministers, ministries and lay people. We request your prayerful, thoughtful responses and love as we move forward with this work of faith.


Rev. Dr. R. Lawton Higgs, Sr.

Leadership Council, Chair

Progressive Christian Alliance

January 10, 2017

Timeline for commentary:

  • Thirty days for general commentary and suggestions. Deadline is February 18, 2017.
  • Two weeks for editing and consideration of suggestions by the Leadership Council: Deadline March 4
  • 30 Days for general commentary and vote for implementation: Voting would end April 3.

Click on the link below to read the entire proposal (PDF and should be viewable on most computers.)


11 responses to “Proposal for Membership Definitions and Yearly Dues

  1. We need to cover being in relationship as equals with people of all faiths and none and may need to cover non-human expressions of life and the planet itself as a collective of being.

    • While I understand the basic idea of what you’re saying here, can you elaborate how that would relate to the document about our membership structure and if there are any ways we can include more of this philosophy in the proposal?

  2. Rev. Jerry Joyce

    Why are we making those who are already ordained and leaving their prior denom or affiliation go through another ordination procedure? They should be treated as someone who was already ordained. Which is what we called for originally.
    Why hasn’t the ordination committee been a part of this discussion? Have you done away with our committee?
    Although I am not in favor of annual dues the fees you have listed are ok.
    How, who or where do I notify of a change of email or address?
    We did have a list of ordained with regions, phone numbers, and addresses.
    Lay leaders were a responsibility of the local church.
    Please give me an address to send a check to? I keep getting hacked.

    • Hi Jerry
      I am sensing some confusion. The document is a chance for everyone to ask questions just as you are. After we have the 30 days of questions we will put up a survey for a vote.

      Because the ordination committee has not met for 3 years, and because we could not find any description of its duties, the leadership committee has chosen to move forward in order to start getting a process in place. In the past, when I was a part of the ordination committee, we did not have any power over who was ordained. The Leadership Council has always been the body to discern who is ready for ordination.

      As for people coming from other denominations, we still need to do background checks and make sure that our principles and conduct are in sync.

      I hope that I have answered all of your questions. Thank you for helping us and others as we try to put some policies into practice.

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  4. So, those of us already ordained within the PCA needn’t go through the ordination process again–correct? I mean, we’re “grandmothered” in aren’t we? Fees do seem reasonable…
    Thanks for the work you folks do!
    Rev. Dr.Derek Davis

  5. Leigh-Ann Morris Collett

    So, we are responsible for the bi-annual background checks–which is fine, but how do we go about having that done?

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  7. Where are we on this, now?

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