Last Saturday, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) adjourned in Detroit.
As you may remember, the General Assembly (GA) is the highest governing council in our denomination. It is made up of pastors and elders from local congregations just like ours who have been elected as commissioners by their respective presbyteries (regional governing councils). Although commissioners come from every part of the Church, they are not “representatives” in the purest sense of the word, as their primary task is to discern the will of the Holy Spirit for Christ’s Church.
Over the course of the week, the GA made a number of important decisions for the life of the Church. For a brief overview of some of the key actions of the General Assembly, download this pastoral letter.
Some of the GA’s decisions – particularly regarding the Church’s stance on marriage and the Church’s longstanding commitment to resist profiting from “non-peaceful pursuits” – have garnered the attention of the national news media. If you would like to discuss these items or anything else related to the life of the Church, I am more than happy to have a face-to-face conversation. Simply send me an e-mail or give me a call at 817-732-3388 x. 103.
As we reflect together on what it means to be the Church in the 21st century, it’s helpful to remember that over the centuries, the issues have come – slavery, evolution, women’s role in the Church, abortion, war – and by the grace of God, some have gone. The great challenge for the Church in these days is to resist being defined by any one “issue” save the Lordship of Jesus Christ.