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GA News for June 14

Below is a summary of some of the votes taken by the 46th General Assembly on Thursday, June 14.

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Overture 25: Evaluating the Un-ordained Diaconate

The overture proposes that presbyteries require all congregations within their bounds without an active ordained diaconate to report their reasons for this and whether or not they have created an un-ordained body of servants

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Overtures 11 and 15: Describe Elders as Dignified, Not Grave

“This revised definition reminds us elders to be outward-facing, to be concerned for those beyond the walls, to be approachable, and to be always mindful that there are people on the fringes of our churches who need to be invited in.”

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Overture 8 Seeks to Clarify Process to Restore a Minister

While it is assumed that the leadership and members of this congregation will play a role in observing the elder and providing feedback to the presbytery (“court”) that will make the decision to remove the censure or not, drafters of the overture believe congregation’s role is not clearly laid out in the current language.

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Overture 13: Allow Non-Ordained Men and Women to Serve on Agency Boards

If implemented, the recommendation maintains that a super-majority — in most cases, either two-thirds or three-fourths — of the board members of these agencies be ordained officers in the PCA.

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