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The Historical Development of the Book of Church Order

Chapter 25 : Congregational Meetings

Paragraph 1 : The Constituency of Voting Members

25-1. The congregation consists of all the communing members of a particular church, and they only are entitled to vote.

DIGEST: The current PCA text remains unchanged from that of PCUS 1925. PCUS 1879 and previous draft versions lacked any chapter having to do with congregational meetings.

BACKGROUND & COMPARISON:
1. PCA 1973, 26-1, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly, p. 143
2. Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, 26-1, Proposed text, p. 35

3. PCUS 1933, XXVIII, § 152
4. PCUS 1925, XXVII, § 152

The congregation consists of all the communing members of a particular church, and they only are entitled to vote.

No comparable text in the following editions:
1. PCUS 1879
2. P
CUS 1869 draft
3. PCUS 1867 draft

COMMENTARY:

F.P. Ramsay, Exposition of the Book of Church Order
(1898)
[no comparable text for discussion]


Chapter Index [links are to Paragraph 1 in each chapter]:
FoG..
1
2
3.
4
5.
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
I. King & Head of Church
.§1.
§4
§5
RoD
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
II. Preliminary Principles
§1
§2
§3
§4
§5
§6
§7
§8
DfW
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
[FoG = Form of Government ; RoD = Rules of Discipline ; DfW = Directory for Worship]

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