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PCA General Assembly: Stated Clerks Report

You can read a great summary of the entire 36th General Assembly by the PCA’s Stated Clerk, Roy Taylor, here.  This report includes a summary of all of the actions of the assembly, as well as statistics and information about various committees and agencies of the PCA.

PCA GA: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

I am finally starting to feel like myself again (on Saturday evening) after returning from Dallas, Texas for the 36th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (the denomination I serve). Should you desire you can watch the archived webcast of any part of the assembly. Here is my take on this past week.

The Good:

  • General Assembly affords an incredible opportunity for renewing old friendships and making new ones. I enjoyed being able to see several seminary classmates and spend some time with old friends. This usually includes good conversation over a shared meal – just think of how much of Christ’s ministry took place over a meal.
  • Seminars: a few years ago seminars on a large variety of topics and issues were added to the schedule and I find this to be one of the best parts of the assembly. Every now and then I hear someone say that they don’t like the seminars because it is not the purpose of this gathering (i.e. to do the business of the denomination), but these do not have to be mutual exclusive and the seminars provide a unique opportunity to benefit from the vast gifts of teachers, pastors, and ministry leaders throughout our denomination.
  • Another one of my favorite parts of GA is hearing about what the Lord is doing through the various ministries/agencies of the PCA, usually through informational reports. In some ways, this is the best part, because we get to celebrate the Kingdom of God advancing around the world through our denomination (for sure we are just a part of that and maybe even a small part, but this is still a most encouraging time during GA

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General Assembly Update

Thursday morning here in Dallas and I am currently listening to reports from various Committees of Commissioners. So far, most of the assembly has been devoted to informational reports of the various committees and agencies of the assembly – that is typically my favorite part of GA as we rejoice as a denomination in the goodness of God and the expansion of His Kingdom through the PCA. A good resource for news of the Assembly can be found at byfaithonline. Also a live webcast is available here. The big debate (potentially) has not yet come up.

We will travel back to Norfolk starting at 5am tomorrow morning (local time) and hopefully be back early afternoon.

Going to the big D

I am flying to Dallas (starting at 6am; ugh!) tomorrow morning (and back on Friday afternoon). I will be there for for the PCA’s annual general assembly. Not sure how much I will be able to blog this week, but I am going to try to type a post or two of the goings on at GA. I only fly around this time of year for GA, so I hope for smooth travel, but you just never know what can happen. I may need to reread some chapters in Respectable Sins!

This year’s hot topic is the issue of deaconesses. Three presbyteries have asked for a study committee to be erected to study the issue, while one presbytery has asked for the assembly to not take that action. For some more information on this topic, my friend Ed has a good post here. For an outsiders perspective, the GA Junkie blog has a summation here. And finally, if you just can’t get enough, go here.