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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 13 : The Presbytery

Paragraph 2 : Of Ministering Out of Bounds

13-2. A minister shall be required to hold his membership in the Presbytery within whose geographical bounds he resides, unless there are reasons which are satisfactory to his Presbytery why he should not do so. When a minister labors outside the geographical bounds of, or in a work not under the jurisdiction of his Presbytery, at home or abroad, it shall be only with the full concurrence of and under circumstances agreeable to his Presbytery, and to the Presbytery within whose geographical bounds he labors, if one exists. When a minister shall continue on the rolls of his Presbytery without a call to a particular work for a prolonged period, not exceeding three years, the procedure as set forth in BCO 34-10 shall be followed.

(EDITORIAL COMMENT: This provision, does not apply to the non-geographical Korean Language Presbyteries as long as the General Assembly mandates their existence.)

[Historical Summary : Amendments to this paragraph have been adopted in 1984 [M12GA, 12-14, Item 2, p. 85] and 1985 [M13GA, 13-18, Item 3, p. 76]

Background and Comparison :
PCA 1973, 14-2, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly, pp. 134
A Minister shall be required to hold his membership in the Presbytery within whose bounds he resides, unless there are reasons which are satisfactory to his Presbytery why he should not do so. When a Minister labors outside the bounds of his Presbytery, at home or abroad, it shall be only with the full concurrence of and under circumstances agreeable to the Church court in which his membership is held, and any corresponding Church court with which an affiliate relationship may be established satisfactory to both courts.

Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, 14-2, Proposed text, p. 14
A Minister shall be required to hold his membership in the Presbytery within whose bounds he resides, unless there are reasons which are satisfactory to his Presbytery why he should not do so.

PCUS 1933, XV
PCUS 1925, XV
PCUS 1879, V

PCUS 1869 draft, V
PCUS 1867 draft, V-4-1
[No comparable text in this chapter]


COMMENTARY :
F.P. Ramsay, Exposition of the Book of Church Order
(1898)
[No comparable text in this chapter for discussion]



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