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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 5 : The Organization of a Particular Church

Paragraph 9 :

5-9. The following procedures shall be used in nominating and training ruling elders prior to organization and the election of a Session:
1. All men of the mission church (unless they decline) shall receive instruction in the qualifications and work of the office of ruling elder by the organizing commission or the evangelist.
2. These men shall be examined by the organizing commission or the evangelist concerning their Christian experience, their knowledge and acceptance of the constitutional standards of the church, and their willingness to assume the responsibility of the office of ruling elder according to the qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. The organizing commission or the evangelist shall present a list of all who are found qualified to be nominated.
3. Not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of election, petitioners shall submit, from the list of all those found qualified, nominations of members for the office of ruling elder to the Presbytery-designated organizing commission or evangelist. (Compare BCO 24-1)
4. The congregation will determine the number of ruling elders following procedures outlined in BCO 24-3 and 24-1.
5. At the organizing meeting ordination and installation shall follow the procedure set forth in BCO 24-5.
6. Those elected, ordained and installed ruling elders should meet as soon as is practicable to elect a moderator and a clerk. The moderator may be one of their own number or any teaching elder of the Presbytery with Presbytery's approval.


[Historical Summary : BCO 5-9 was added to Chapter 5 in 1985 (M13GA, 13-18, p. 73). Most of the current chapter 5 of the Book of Church Order, namely the first seven paragraphs, had their beginning with Overture 7 from Southwest Presbytery, as brought before the Ninth General Assembly (M9GA, 9-10, B, p. 48). That Overture requested clarification and instruction in the BCO regarding mission churches and the status of their members. In the MNA Report to the Tenth General Assembly (M10GA, Appendix F, p. 250), the proposed amendments were presented in reply to Overture 7. The matter was next sent to the Committee on Judicial Business (M11GA, 11-9, D, p. 56), and then presented under the Report of the Committee of Commissioners on Mission to North America (11-61, III.4, p. 122). The proposed text was adopted by the Eleventh General Assembly and sent down to the Presbyteries for their advise and consent. The Presbyteries affirmed the proposed Chapter 5 by unanimous vote, and the amendment received final approval at the Twelfth General Assembly (M12GA, 12-14, Item 1, pp. 83-85).]

Background and Comparison :
PCA 1973, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly
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Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, Proposed text
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PCUS 1879

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PCUS 1869 draft
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PCUS 1867 draft
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COMMENTARY :
F.P. Ramsay, Exposition of the Book of Church Order (1898)
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