Below is a summary of the major decisions made by the General Assembly on Thursday, June 27.
The General Assembly voted to answer Overture 23, “Withdraw from the National Association of Evangelicals,” in the negative.
The Overtures Committee offered a partial report concerning its recommendations on Overtures 6, 12, 15, 19, and 18. The General Assembly voted, by voice vote, to affirm the recommendations of the Overtures Committee.
The Assembly voted to recommit Overture 41, “Direct CMTW to Amend its Guidelines to Implement CMTW’s ‘Statement on Valuing Women in MTW,’ so that only Ordained Elders Will Be Allowed to Serve in the Roles of Team Leader, Regional Director, and International Director within MTW,” to the MTW committee.
The Assembly voted to accept the recommendation from Committee of Discipleship Ministries to answer Overture 25, “Support Christian Education,” in the negative.
The Assembly voted to accept the recommendation from the Administrative Committee Committee of Commissioners that Overture 27, “Study Possibility of Remote Voting at General Assembly,” be answered in the negative.
Overtures Dealing With Changes to the “Book of Church Order”
The Assembly voted to accept the recommendations from Overtures Committee on Overtures 17, 36, 1, 5, and 34.
The Assembly voted to accept the recommendations from Overtures Committee on Overtures 9 and 33.
Overtures Addressing the Subject of Sexuality
The Assembly accepted the recommendation to answer Overture 4, “Declare the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood’s ‘Nashville Statement’ on Biblical Sexuality as a Biblically Faithful Declaration,” in the affirmative. The vote was 803-541.
The Assembly accepted the recommendation of the Overtures Committee to answer Overture 22, “Urge Assembly to Adopt Overture 4 Regarding Nashville Statement,” with reference to its answer on Overture 4.
The Assembly accepted the recommendation of the Overtures Committee to answer Overture 11, “Commend and Distribute RPCNA’s ‘Contemporary Perspectives on Sexual Orientation: A Theological and Pastoral Analysis,’” in the affirmative as amended.
The moderator has ruled Overtures 35 and 39 out of order because they call on the Assembly to re-affirm previous PCA General Assembly actions. According to the Robert’s Rules, re-affirmations are always out of order.
The assembly accepted the recommendation of the Overtures Committee to answer Overture 42, “Establish Study Committee on Sexuality,” in the affirmative as amended.
The Assembly has voted to answer Overtures 30, 44, and 45 with reference to its actions on Overture 42.
The Assembly has voted to answer Overture 37, “Assembly Statement on Same-sex Attraction,” with reference to its answer to Overture 4.
The Assembly has voted to answer Overture 28, “Affirmations and Denials regarding Homosexuality,” with reference to its answer to Overture 4.