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PCA General Assembly Report 2019

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PCA General Assembly Report 2019

  1. 1. PCA 47th General Assembly 2019 Report
  2. 2. 2A newcomers guide to GA • What: General Assembly (GA) is the highest court of the PCA. It is a business meeting, a conference, a reunion, a worship event, and a ministry expo. • Dates: June 25-28, 2019 • Place: Dallas, TX • Attendance: 1,160 TEs; 407 REs • Theme: Press On For God’s Glory
  3. 3. 3A few introductory comments • Moderator • Assembly demeanor • “Worship” comments
  4. 4. 4Clerk’s Report Statistics Reported • Total membership, 384,793 (increase of 10,057) • Churches, 1,572 (increase of 4) • Ministers, 4,951 (increase of 69) • Presbyteries, 88 (adding 2)
  5. 5. 5Clerk’s Report BCO amendments (rejected) • BCO 30-1, regarding definite suspension, that was shown to be self-contradictory • BCO 30-3 regarding indefinite suspension, that was shown to be dangerously lacking in specificity • BCO 32-19 to allow counsel by any communing member in all courts
  6. 6. 6Clerk’s Report BCO amendments (approved) • BCO 8-1; 8-3 regarding the qualifications of elders • BCO 25-11 to require thirty-days’ notice for a congregation to withdraw from the PCA
  7. 7. 7Clerk’s Report BCO amendments (approved) • BCO 35-11 not to disqualify automatically a member of a court who was called as a witness • Grant BCO 59-3, as amended, full Constitutional status. The amended provision (new text underscored) reads: “Marriage is only to be between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24,25; Matt. 19:4-6, 1 Cor. 7:2), in accordance with the Word of God. Therefore, ministers in the Presbyterian Church in America who solemnize marriages shall only solemnize marriages between one man and one woman.”
  8. 8. 8Interchurch Relations • NAE debate and decision • Review of Presbytery records • Approving a man for admission to the Presbytery, then seeking to censure his teaching • MTW: Statement on valuing women • Women currently serving in “director” roles
  9. 9. 9Overtures: dodging bullets • Ordain women deacons (withdrawn) • Allow non-ordained to serve on permanent committees and boards (failed / declined approval) • Release Covenant Theological Seminary from the PCA (failed) • Overture 40: support women leaders without delay or divisiveness (failed)
  10. 10. 10Overtures: uncovering landmines • Response to adoption of the Nashville Statement • The value of an Ad Interim Study Committee on human sexuality • Will it address how we deal with ordained men who identify as “gay” already serving in the PCA?