After extended debate, the 44th General Assembly erected an ad interim committee to study the role of women in ministry in the PCA. Overture 3 from Westminster Presbytery calls for the 45th General Assembly to reverse that action. Specifically, it calls for the Assembly to declare that the 44th Assembly erred in forming it, not to receive any report from it, and to dismiss the committee with apology.

The Overture reiterates many of the arguments advanced at the last Assembly against forming the committee: that the proposal to form it came before the Assembly in an improper manner (originating with the Cooperative Ministries Committee); that the proposal anticipated the adoption of changes in the BCO; and that women were placed on the committee, potentially exercising authority over the men on the committee and the members and churches of the denomination. In addition, the Overture argues that the creation of the committee is disturbing the peace of the church and causing “considerable unrest” in Westminster Presbytery.

In accordance with the provisions of RAO 11-5, Overture 3 has been referred to the Ad Interim Committee on the Role of Women.

2 Responses to Overture 3 Calls for Ad Interim Committee on Role of Women to be Disbanded

  1. Quite frankly…I agree that this committee did not need to be formed…but not for the reasons given by this Overture, with one exception, that it came before the Assembly in an improper fashion. One of the great things about our church is the women’s ministry advisors that we have had through the years and they have all written extensively on the role of women in the church from a covenantal perspective (see any book by Susan Hunt). We have been blessed with so much information by godly women in our midst…it saddened me to find out that so few of the ministers in this denomination have availed themselves of this information to strengthen their churches.

    • Dale Seifert says:

      “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3

      Hi, Mike, other brothers and sisters: by God’s grace/mercy, most of us across the P.C.A. probably affirm an historic presbyterian understanding of “the role of women” in the visible church. Declaring that our Lord mediates his rule in the visible church via men only. As our friends in the Westminster presbytery are struggling with the current discussion, wondering if it’s even valid, we must hear them, learn from them as we recognize the role each of us plays to God’s glory. Remembering guys like Ken Keyes and Don MacNair, two of our legendary founders: we continually commit to harmony/unity. For Jesus’ sake, Dale, Hope Presbyterian,…