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The Historical Development of the Book of Church Order

Chapter 25 : Congregational Meetings

Paragraph 5 : Of the Clerk's Duties

25-5. A clerk shall be elected by the congregation to serve at that meeting or for a definite period, whose duty shall be to keep correct minutes of the proceedings and of all business transacted and to preserve these minutes in a permanent form, after they have been attested by the moderator and the clerk of the meeting. He shall also send a copy of these minutes to the Session of the church.

DIGEST: Other than the minor difference of the lack of captialization for "Clerk" and "Moderator, the current PCA text remains unchanged from its predecessors, and dates to PCUS 1925.

BACKGROUND & COMPARISON:
PCA 1973, 26-5, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly, p. 143
Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, 26-5, Proposed text, p. 35
PCUS 1933, XXVIII, § 156
and
PCUS 1925, XXVII, § 156
A Clerk shall be elected by the congregation to serve at that meeting or for a definite period, whose duty shall be to keep correct minutes of the proceedings and of all business transacted and to preserve these minutes in a permanent form, after they have been attested by the Moderator and the Clerk of the meeting. He shall also send a copy of these minutes to the Session of the church.

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

COMMENTARY:

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


Chapter Index [links are to Paragraph 1 in each chapter]:
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I. King & Head of Church
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RoD
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II. Preliminary Principles
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§4
§5
§6
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§8
DfW
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[FoG = Form of Government ; RoD = Rules of Discipline ; DfW = Directory for Worship]

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