A big part of the assembly will be the integration of hundreds of new delegates from churches that have realigned their denominational affiliation to the EPC in the past 12 months. Every minister member of the EPC and a complement of elders from every EPC congregation may be seated as commissioners. With more than 400 churches now in the denomination, 1,000 commissioners is not unreasonable to expect.
The 33rd General Assembly meeting of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church will be held at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colo., June 18-22. Stated Clerk Jeffrey Jeremiah said the theme, “’In Christ Alone,’ points us to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, our only source of salvation and our true source of life and hope.”
Assembly preachers include Presbyterian layman and former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong, career missionary and head of the EPC’s Engage 2025 global initiative to the Muslim world, Dr. Greg Livingstone, Moderator Ken Roberts, host pastor Dr. Jim Dixon and new to the EPC pastor Jim Noble of Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Ariz. During the assembly the moderator-elect, Bill Dudley, pastor of the Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church outside Chattanooga, Tenn., will become the EPC moderator.
The June 19 pre-assembly workshop will focus on mobilizing the people of the church for evangelism and mission that matters. Featured speakers will be well-known Christian authors, cultural diagnosticians and Christian apologists Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg. June 20-21 will feature the “business” of the assembly, which includes worship, networking lunches, standing committee meetings and four business sessions.