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Splinter groups keep cleaving mainline Protestant churches

There's a popular saying in church-planting circles: It's easier to make babies than raise the dead.

That principle applies to denominations as well, said Paul Detterman, who helped found the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians in January. "We thought it was easier in the long run to create something new rather than keep on trying to modify existing forms," he said.

The existing form in his case was the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which remains the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination following a decades-long plunge in membership.


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