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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 13 : The Presbytery

Paragraph 10 :

13-10. When a Presbytery determines to dissolve a church, it shall give no less than sixty (60) days notice of such dissolution to the local church. With such notice, Presbytery shall communicate to the members their responsibility to transfer their membership to other particular or mission churches. In addition, Presbytery shall :
1. transfer membership to existing churches, with the consent of the individuals and the Sessions of the receiving churches; or
2. grant a letter of dismissal to an individual so requesting, testifying that the individual was a member in good standing of the local church at the date of dissolution (see BCO 46-7). Until such time as the person is received by a church the Presbytery shall continue to provide pastoral oversight; or
3. place individuals under the oversight of a commission of Presbytery acting as a session (BCO 15-2), for up to one year, renewable, until such time as either a new congregation can be formed or such persons are dismissed to membership in another church.

[Historical Summary : This paragraph dates to its adoption as new text in 1995, with 48 of 51 presbyteries having previously voted in favor of its adoption [cf. M23GA, 23-11, Item 1, p. 50. Subsequent paragraphs were accordingly renumbered.]

Background and Comparison :
PCA 1973, 14-1, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly,

Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, Proposed text
[No comparable text]

PCUS 1933,
The

PCUS 1879,


PCUS 1869 draft, V-4-1

PCUS 1867 draft, V-4-1

Northern Tradition :
PCUSA 1821, 10-2

OPC 2003, 14-1 – 3


BPC 2003, 9-1

 

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



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