Highlights of the 2024 General Assembly Business

The last meeting of the 2024 PCA General Assembly in Richmond, VA wrapped up yesterday. Below is a summary of the highlights of each session along with time-stamped links to the relevant part of the live stream.

Worship and Prayer Services

If you'd like to watch the three General Assembly Worship Services, you can find them here:

Business Meetings

Tuesday Evening Business

Wednesday Morning Business

Wednesday Afternoon Business

Thursday Morning Business

Thursday Afternoon Business

Overtures for Presbytery Approval

The Overtures Committee recommended the passage of five amendments to the Book of Church Order (2, 3, 21, 26, and 27). Of those, four were approved by the Assembly on Thursday (2, 21, 26, and 27). Those Overtures now proceed to the Presbyteries for approval. Book of Church Order Amendments must be approved by two-thirds of the Presbyteries and then approved by a final vote at the next General Assembly.

Once Overtures are approved by the General Assembly and sent to Presbyteries, they become "Items". So, the following are being sent to Presbyteries for approval:

Summary:

Item 1: Adopted rationale for refusing transfer shall be entered into Presbytery minutes and communicated to current Presbytery

Item 2: Transferring ministers should be examined on Christian experience including personal character and family management

Item 3: An accused person may be represented before their session or Presbytery by a member in good standing in their Presbytery or a church in their Presbytery, and before the Standing Judicial Commission by any member in good standing in a PCA church or Presbytery

Item 4: Complaints about process must be delayed until after a trial and appeals have been completed

If you'd like to track the process of approval through the Presbyteries, I recommend this spreadsheet from Teaching Elder Scott Edburg and Ruling Elder Joshua Torrey.

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Lynna Sutherland

Lynna has been in the PCA since 1982. Four generations of her family have participated in PCA church planting. Lynna has been around long enough to see the good, the bad, and the ugly and her particular calling is to equip the people in the pew to understand their church government and to advocate for victims of abuse in the PCA.

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