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219 th G.A. Action. Approved report with amendments See PC-Biz item 07-01. Form of Government Task Force Members. Elder Diana J. Barber Elder Cynthia J. Bolbach *Rev. Grace Bowen **Elder Sharon Davison Rev. Gemechisa Guja Rev. Paul K. Hooker *Elder Carol Hunley. Rev. James H. Y. Kim

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219 th g a action
219th G.A. Action
  • Approved report with amendments
  • See PC-Biz item 07-01
slide3

Form of Government Task Force Members

Elder Diana J. Barber

Elder Cynthia J. Bolbach

*Rev. Grace Bowen

**Elder Sharon Davison

Rev. Gemechisa Guja

Rev. Paul K. Hooker

*Elder Carol Hunley

Rev. James H. Y. Kim

Rev. Neal E. Lloyd

Rev. Paige M. McRight

Rev. Stephen W. Smith

*Rev. Daniel S. Williams

*added to the original task force by the 218th GA

**served on the original task force (2006-2008)

slide4

The Vision

The mission of the Church:

participate in God’s mission in Christ

by the power of the Spirit.

Foundations, F-1.01

slide9

interrelationships

standards

functions

slide10

The PC(USA) Constitution

Part One

Part Two

slide11

The PC(USA) Constitution

Form of Government

Directory for Worship

Rules of Discipline

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The PC(USA) Constitution

Foundations of Presbyterian Polity

Form of Government

Directory for Worship

Rules of Discipline

why a new form of government
Why a new Form of Government?
  • Connects our belief with our actions
  • Clarifies standards for the whole church
      • Provides flexibility appropriate to each context
slide14

Revision History

1988

1989

1993

1996

1997

2000

2001

2002

2006

2008

1983

2010

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Foundational polity preserved (G-1—G-4)

  • Congregations: missional communities
  • Presbyteries: central governing unit
  • Flexibility at all levels
  • Structures appropriate to mission
  • General introduction, footnote #1
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ordination standards:

G-6.0106b

= G-2.0104b

G-8.0201

= G-4.0203

property trust clause:

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Churchwide study of proposed revision

Receive feedback

Revise proposal

Deadline: October 15, 2009

since june 2008
Since June 2008
  • Interim revision
  • Churchwide study: Oct. 2008 – June 2009
  • Feedback:
      • Responses during churchwide study
      • Travel by task force members
      • Review and critique by selected individuals
  • Final report submitted Sept. 1, 2009
feedback received presbyteries
Feedback received: presbyteries

Presbyteries

Abington

Cascades

Central Florida

Central Nebraska

Charleston-Atlantic

Cherokee

Chicago

Detroit

Des Moines

Donegal

East Iowa

East Tennessee

Eastern Virginia

Eastminster

Flint River

Foothills

Giddings-Lovejoy

Grace

Grand Canyon

Great Rivers

Greater Atlanta

Homestead

Hudson River

Huntingdon

James

John Calvin

John Knox Presbytery

Lackawanna

LeHigh

Minnesota Valleys

Mississippi

Missouri River Valley

National Capital

continued

feedback received presbyteries20
Feedback received: presbyteries

Presbyteries

New Covenant

New Harmony

New Hope

North Central Iowa

Northeast Georgia

Northern Waters

Olympia

Palo Duro

Peaks

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Plains and Peaks

Prospect Hill

Providence

Pueblo

Redstone

San Diego

San Fernando

Santa Fe

Savannah

Seattle

Shenandoah

Sheppards and Lapsley

South Dakota

Southern Kansas

Stockton

Tampa Bay

Trinity

Twin Cities Area

Western North Carolina

West Virginia

Winnebago

Yukon

continued

feedback received synods and events
Feedback received: synods and events

Synods

Covenant

Mid America

Mid Atlantic

Lakes and Prairies

Southern California and Hawaii

Southwest

Sun

Events

Covenant Network Conference

Eastern Panhandle Mission Community

Fall Polity Conference

Presbyterian Coalition Gathering

Moderators’ Conference

The Big Tent (Racial Ethnic Convocation and more)

continued

feedback received groups
Feedback received: groups

Groups

Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns

Advisory Committee on Social Witness

Advocacy Committee on Racial Ethnic Concerns

Association of Executive Presbyters

Association of Presbyterian Church Educators

Association of Stated Clerks

Committee on the Office of the General Assembly

Fuller Theological Seminary

General Assembly Committee on Representation

General Assembly Mission Council

Presbyterian Association of Musicians

Presbyterians for Renewal

Presbyterian Historical Society

Presbyterian Women (Synod of Mid Atlantic)

San Francisco Theological Seminary - Southern California

Voices of Orthodox Women

continued

feedback received congregations
Feedback received: congregations

Congregations

Chestnut Level Presby. Church (PA) Oxford Presby. Church

Covenant Presby. Church (KS) Paoli Presby. Church (PA)

Covenant Presby. Church (PA) Pratt Presby. Church

Eastminster Presby. Church, Columbus (GA)

Elkins Park Presby. Church (PA)

First Presby. Church, Ada (OK)

First Presby. Church, Belleville (WA)

First Presby. Church, Derby, PA

First Presby. Church, Marietta (GA)

First Presby. Church, Mesa (AZ)

First Presby. Church, Murraysville (PA)

First Presby. Church, San Bernardino (CA)

Frankford Presby. Church (PA)

John Calvin Presby. Church (AZ)

Morrisville Presby. Church (PA)

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Foundations of Presbyterian Polity

  • Nearly all of the current first four chapters preserved
  • Similar themes grouped together
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Foundations of Presbyterian Polity

The Mission of the Church

  • God’s mission in Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church
  • Great Ends of the Church
  • “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic”
  • Notes of Reformed Church
  • Commitment to unity in diversity
slide26

Foundations of Presbyterian Polity

The Church and Its Confessions

  • Current G-2.0000, almost verbatim
  • The confessions in the life of the PC(USA)
slide27

Foundations of Presbyterian Polity

Principles of Order and Government

  • Historic Principles of Church Order (1789)
  • Historic Principles of Church Government (1797)
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Form of Government

Chapter 1: Congregations and Membership

slide30

Form of Government

Chapter 2: Ordered Ministries, Commissioning, and Certification

all called; some ordered

deacons, ruling and teaching elders

commissioned ruling elders

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Form of Government

Chapter 3: Councils

Proclamation of the Word

Administration of the Sacraments

Ecclesiastical discipline

slide32

Form of Government

Chapter 4: Church and Civil Authorities

slide33

Form of Government

Chapter 5: Ecumenicity and Union

slide34

Form of Government

Chapter 6: Interpreting and Amending the Constitution

Amend

Interpret

slide36

Do we have to write new session/presbytery manuals?

  • current manuals remain in effect until changed by council
  • opportunity to review and refresh
slide37

How can we know if ministers who transfer are qualified if presbytery structures differ?

  • ordination standards have not changed
  • presbytery exam procedures already vary widely
slide38

What happens to people who are no longer active if we do not have an inactive roll?

  • all are still welcomed
  • sessions may continue to keep an inactive roll if desired
slide39

What about Authoritative Interpretations?

  • determined only by the General Assembly
  • See 219th GA action on item 07-11 (PC-Biz)
what s next
What’s Next?
  • Presbyteries vote between now and late May 2011
  • If majority (87) approves, becomes part of constitution on July 10, 2011
  • [One year after end of 219th G.A.]
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A Litany for the Church

Leader:The mission of God in Christ gives shape and substance to the life and work of the church. In Christ, the Church participates in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity.

All: proclaiming to all people the good news of God’s love;

(continued)

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A Litany for the Church

Men:offering to all people the grace of God at Font and Table;

Women: calling all people to discipleship in Christ.

All: We have no higher goal in life than to glorify and enjoy God now and forever, living in covenant fellowship with God and participating in God’s mission.

(continued)

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A Litany for the Church

Leader:The Church’s ministry is a gift from Jesus Christ to the whole Church.

All: Christ alone rules, calls, teaches, and uses the Church as he wills.

Women: Exercising his authority by the ministry of women and men;

Men:for the establishment and extension of God’s new creation.

(continued)

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A Litany for the Church

All: In affirming with the earliest Christians that Jesus is Lord, the Church confesses that he is its hope, and that the Church, as Christ’s body is bound to his authority and thus free to live in the lively, joyous reality of the grace of God.

(adapted from the proposed Foundations of Presbyterian Polity and the proposed Book of Order)