Rev. Merkey’s Ecclesial Accountability
Rev. Merkey is accountable to the denomination which tested and approved him for ordination, the Presbyterian Church in America [PCA]. He remains under her jurisdiction and is subject to her courts and discipline process toward maintaining his purity of life and doctrine. This fact should give pastors and agencies great comfort, knowing that Rev. Merkey is a “man under authority.” He takes this accountability very seriously as a reflection of his high view of the doctrine of the Church and her authority in ecclesial matters. For more information about the PCA, visit www.pcanet.org .
Churches for Life, as a 501(c)3 ministry (IRS approval pending), is NOT officially connected to the PCA as a ministry. It is a non-profit organization with a distinct Board of Directors. As a result, CFL is “broadly evangelical” in its policies and ministries. It is not the goal of CFL, or Rev. Merkey, to impose Presbyterian distinctives in its programs or teachings. All CFL staff, including board members, must subscribe in writing to CFL’s broadly evangelical statement of faith, and must provide a credible profession of saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Churches for Life has filed for recognition as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization before the federal government. As such, CFL is accountable to the state for various structures, such as a board of directors. This accountability does not impinge in any way on CFL’s freedom to operate according to its operational core values: Gospel-driven, church-focused, life-affirming, relationship-grounded, and grace-and-truth balanced.
Churches for Life retains a professionally licensed accounting firm to handle all its financial records and dealings:
Clemmer & Associates
1523 Old Highway 945
St. Charles, Missouri 63303