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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 13 : The Presbytery

Paragraph 7 : On the Obigations Required of Ministers

13-7. The Presbytery shall cause to be transcribed, in some convenient part of the book of records, the obligations required of ministers at their ordination, which shall be subscribed by all admitted to membership, in the following form:
I, __________________, do sincerely receive and subscribe to the above obligation as a just and true exhibition of my faith and principles, and do resolve and promise to exercise my ministry in conformity thereunto.

[Historical Summary : 1979* [M7GA, 7-41, p. 103, originally "14-7"]

Background and Comparison :
1. PCA 1973, 14-6, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly, p. 134
2. Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, 14-6, Proposed text, p. 14-15
3. PCUS 1933, XV-§75
4. PCUS 1925, XV-§75
The Presbytery shall cause to be transcribed, in some convenient part of the book of records, the obligations required of Ministers at their ordination, which shall be subscribed by all admitted to membership, in the following form, namely: "I, A.B., do sincerely receive and subscribe to the above obligation as a just and true exhibition of my faith and principles, and do resolve and promise to exercise my ministry in conformity thereunto."

PCUS 1879, V-4-5

The Presbytery shall cause to be transcribed, in some convenient part of the book of records, the obligations required of Ministers at their ordination, which shall be subscribed by all admitted to membership, in the following form, viz: "I, A.B., do ex animo receive and subscribe the above obligation as a just and true exhibition of my faith and principles, and do resolve and promise to exercise my ministry in conformity thereunto."

PCUS 1869 draft, V-4-6
The Presbytery shall cause to be transcribed in some convenient part of the book of records, the obligations required of Ministers at
their ordination, which shall be subscribed by all admitted to membership in the following form, viz: “I, A. B., do ex animo receive and subscribe the above obligations, as a just and true exhibition of my faith and principles, and do resolve and promise to exercise my ministry in conformity thereunto.”

PCUS 1867 draft, V-4-6
The presbytery shall cause to be transcribed in some convenient part of the book of records, the obligations required of ministers at
their ordination, which shall be subscribed by all admitted to membership in the following form, viz: “I, A. B., do ex animo receive and subscribe the above obligations, as a just and true exhibition of my faith and principles, and do resolve and promise to exercise my ministry in conformity thereunto.”

COMMENTARY :
F.P. Ramsay, Exposition of the Book of Church Order
, on Chapter 2, section 1 :
"The



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