Conservative Presbyterians launched a new denomination in January, saying the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is too consumed by internal conflicts and bureaucracy to nurture healthy congregations.
More than 2,000 people attended the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presybterians' meeting in Orlando, Fla.
Its creation follows the PC(USA)'s churchwide vote last year to lift its ban on gay clergy.
Though still the largest U.S. Presbyterian denomination, the PC(USA) lost more than 500,000 members between 1998 and 2009, according to church statistics, and now has about 2 million members.
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