Seminars at the 41st PCA General Assembly
Seminar highlights from next week's GA in Greenville, SC
There are a number of seminars being presented at the 41st Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly. Some are general “how-to” seminars: General Assembly for Rookies, The Book of Church Order, Planting a Church: Who and How? Others are on topics of interest to pastors: Wise Planning. . .Looking to the Future, Can Your Church... Continue Reading
Gospel Reformation Network Hosting Pre-Assembly Conference at PCA GA
Hope for unity in the PCA through the gospel
In my humble opinion (but one informed by over three decades of ministry in the PCA), our denomination is riddled with anger, pride, jealousy, competition, factions, with not a few “celebrity pastors” who drive the engines of party strife in our midst. We are in the condition of the Corinthian church, as set forth in... Continue Reading
Ruling Elder Participation at General Assembly
Report by the AC Subcommittee
PURPOSE: To examine issues related to decreasing Ruling Elder attendance at General Assembly and recommend changes designed to reverse this trend, which may serve to decrease the costs of attending General Assembly. The AC Subcommittee on Ruling Elder Participation at General Assembly met at 9:00 a.m. on October 3, 2012 at the Westin Hotel, Atlanta... Continue Reading
PCA Nominating Committee Votes to Replace All Three Teaching Elder Seeking Reelection to the SJC
A series of procedural and replacement motions eliminated TE Dominic Aquila and TE Fred Greco
With less than 60% of the 80 Presbyteries in the PCA represented at the annual Spring meeting of the Nominating Committee, held at an Atlanta Airport area hotel on Saturday, March 16, a major change in the membership of the denominations ‘Supreme Court’ has been recommended to the 41st General Assembly. Each Presbytery in... Continue Reading
A Small Church Pastor looks at the PCA General Assembly.
We have major issues among us that cannot be ignored indefinitely.
We cannot continue to amend our Standards by exception. Again, on this issue and others as well, if there are those who do not believe our current Standards are an accurate exposition of Scripture, then submit overtures [proposing changes] to the General Assembly for debate.
Commentary on the PCA General Assembly 2012
Floor debate over the past few years has become confusing
There were 10,067 professions of faith in this past year. The membership of the PCA increased by 4,176 individuals to 350,990. The number of family units in the PCA saw an increase of 245 to 137,508
Dr. Neal Presa elected moderator of the 220th PCUSA General Assembly
Presa began by saying "together we stand, divided we freak out." He said that his presbytery -- Elizabeth -- dismissed its first congregation to ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians recently. He said that throughout the conversations between the presbytery and session "we came to a mutual discovery that the particular congregation is leaving -- not because they see we are apostate or unorthodox -- but because they could not live with the broadness" of the PCUSA.
Thoughts on Attendance at the 2012 PCA General Assembly
This is one of the regular frustrations of GA
Given that there are 1,466 churches in the PCA, and 4,256 TEs, the theoretical attendance at GA this year was a minimum of 7,188. Actual attendance, however, was 797 TEs and 278 REs
PCA’s Northern California Presbytery submits to GA on deaconess issue
"Board of Deacons” may only include men who are elected, ordained, and installed
Five years ago, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America took issue with an action of Northern California Presbytery and Philadelphia Presbytery in a matter related to deaconesses. The result was two years of debate about whether or not we should study the issue, and the PCA said that it did not want to do so.
At the PCA General Assembly: Ad Interim Study Committee on Insider Movements Overwhelmingly Approved
Affirming the necessity of retaining Bible translations to Muslims that use the biologically familial terms of "Father" and "Son"
Muslim Idiom Translations have translated these terms with such substitutes as "representative" and "guardian." This action will give guidance to churches supporting translation work, a resource to our mission agency, and place pressure on translation agencies to hold to biblical standards for translation.