The 2017 PCA General Assembly

The PCA General Assembly met in Greensboro, NC June 12-15. The General Assembly is the annual gathering of our denomination. It is during this time that decisions and actions are made that affect the PCA as a whole.

Just as a reminder, the word “Presbyterian” means “ruled by elders.” Our form of church government sees three levels of church governance. This begins at the local church level with the elders who, when they meet, are called “the Session.” The next level is the Presbytery. The Presbytery is the regional gathering of the church. In our case, HLPC is a member church of Central Georgia Presbytery which includes about 20 churches in middle and southern Georgia. The Presbytery meets at least three times a year. The General Assembly, as noted, is the national gathering that meets annually. Presbyterianism is a form of church government that is connectional which fosters encouragement, accountability, and sharing of resources for ministry.

I was unable to attend this year’s General Assembly as we were on vacation with extended family on a trip that was planned over a year in advance. I try to go to the Assembly as often as possible as I believe it is my responsibility to stay engaged in the life of the church. I’m thankful that Dr. Roy Taylor, Stated Clerk of the PCA, has provided a complete summary of the Assembly. The Stated Clerk is the administrative coordinator of much of the business of the PCA. You can read his summary by going HERE .