How a Megachurch Melts Down - The Atlantic
Churches who belong to established denominations have established institutional methods for excising troubled leaders, and for surviving once they are gone. “Nondenominational” organizations like Mars Hill, built on faith and charisma alone, will always be vulnerable to the fate of losing the popularity contest.
End of Elite Denominational Headquarters
Once upon a time, from the UUA on down, “Headquarters” buildings were statements of power: “Look! We are important! ‘Notice us!’” But just as cathedrals don’t tower in an age of skyscrapers, so impressive-looking headquarters no longer draw notice. And “secularization” is only part of the reason for this change. (The University of Chicago Divinity School)
First Presbyterian narrowly votes to stay with denomination
"The leadership of First Presbyterian Church, which was established shortly after Houston's founding, had unanimously endorsed the move from Presbyterian Church USA to the breakaway denomination called ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians." (Houston Chronicle)
RealClearReligion - Denominationalism Is a Sin
“Denominationalism is a sin — whether it’s practiced by ‘us’ or ‘them,’” he said. “It is in direct conflict with the prayer of Jesus in John 17. Because of this ... I have very little to do with organized ecumenical activities that are designed to accept all beliefs, unchallenged.”