Presbyterian Outlook: Commission advises trial period for nongeographic presbyteries
The Mid-Councils Commission advises that nongeographic presbyteries be given a trial run and that that synods be stripped of ecclesiastical authority.
The commission voted 17-1 to approve its final report to the 2012 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
That report includes eight recommendations to the assembly, among them:
- Permit non-geographic, “provisional presbyteries” as part of a “designated season of reflective experimentation” in the PC(USA). The commission calls for the season of experimentation to expire in 2021, unless a General Assembly acts to change that.
- Recommend that synods would no longer exist in the PC(USA) as councils with ecclesiastical responsibility.
To take effect, both of those changes to the PC(USA)’s Book of Order would require approval from both the General Assembly and a majority of the denomination’s 173 presbyteries. ...