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The Historical Development of the Book of Church Order

Tracking the Changes in the PCA Book of Church Order

NOTE : The following Book of Church Order (BCO) amendments were adopted by the General Assembly in the years noted. Listed as well, in later years, are any of the changes to the Rules of Assembly Operation [RAO], Standing Judicial Commission Manual [OMSJC] and Corporate Bylaws.

1973 - First adopted Book of Church Order.
1974 -
Changes to the BCO were too numerous to list here. See M2GA, pp. 43, 45-47, 53, 54-61, and 79.
1975
- Minor changes enacted, under suspension of Rule 27-2 [M3GA, 3-13, p. 51]. To the specific changes made, see M3GA, 3-14 through 3-17, 3-69, 3-70, 3-89 and Appendix K.
1976 -
Typographical errors noted, M4GA, Appendix A, p. 96.

1977 -
BCO 14-2; 22-5; 22-6; 22-7; 22-9; 22-10.
1978 -
BCO 15-2
1979 -
BCO 14-7; 21-1; 22-5.
1980 -
BCO 7-2; combine chapters 8 and 9 on the Elder; 15-1-12; 15-1-14.
1981 -
BCO 5-4; 9-4; 13-1; 14-1-11; 18-2; 18-3; 18-7; 18-8; 19-1 thru 19-15; 20-11; 21-1; 21-2; 21-3; 21-4; 21-11; Preface to Part III, Directory for Worship.
1982 -
BCO 8-7; 8-8; 8-9; 13-5 thru 13-12; 14-1-12; 21-4; 23-2; 23-3; 26-4; 26-5; 26-6.
1983 -
BCO 8-4; 10-3; 13-2; 23-1; editorial corrections to 19-5 and 19-8
1984 -
BCO Chapter 5; 13-2; 14-1-12; 24-9; Chapter 42; Chapter 43.
1985 -
BCO 5-9; 13-2; New 15-4; 20-1; 23-1.
1986 -
BCO Preface II.1 ; 8-3; 12-5; 13-10; 14-7; 14-8; 18-2; 19-7; 19-8; 19-11; 19-16; 20-12; 20-13; 21-4; 24-1; 38-2.
1987 -
BCO 42-4 ; 43-2 ; 43-3 ; 45-1 ; 45-2 ; 45-3 ; 45-4 ; 45-5 ;
1988 - BCO 14-3 ; 19-6 ; 19-10 ; 21-4 ; 22-3 ; 22-4 ; 24-6 [now 24-7] ; 25-2 ; 32-3 ;
1989 - BCO Preface II.1 ; 14-1.12 ; 23-2 ; 23-3 ; [30-1; 30-2 ; 30-3 - see note at p. 48]; 34-8 ; 34-9 ; 37-2 ;
[15-1; 15-2 ; 15-3 ; 15-4; 15-5 and then current 15-4 became 15-6]
1990 - BCO
14-1.14 ; 19-10 ; 30-1 & 3 ; 34-7 & 8 ; 36-4 & 5 ; 37-1, 2, 3, 7 & 8 ; 42-6 ; 45-1, 4 & 5 ; 46-5.
1991 - BCO 14-1.11 ; 14-1.12 ; 14-2 ; 15-2.
1992 - BCO 10-3 ; 42-11 ; 43-3 ; 43-7.
1993 - BCO 14-1.15 ; 15-4 ; 24-5.
1994 - BCO 15-1 ; 21-4d ; 24-1 ; 37-9 ; RAO 4-3 ; 4-6 ; 5-1 ; 13-1 ; 13-6 ; 13-13c.6 ; 13-14d ; 14-9c ; Corporate Bylaws Article VI, p. R-39 and Certificate of Incorporation, pp. R-29-31.
1995 - BCO 13-10 ; 14-1.12 ; 32-18 ; RAO 15-3 and Corporate Bylaws Article IV,4 and VII, 1.
1996 - BCO 35-14 ; 42-5 ; 42-6 ; RAO 14 and Corporate Bylaws Article VI, 5.
1997 - BCO Preface II ; 15-1 ; 15-4 ; 15-5 ; 19-1 ; 19-6 ; 38-4 ; 39-3 ; 46-2 ; 46-5.
1998 - BCO 13-6 ; 15-5c ; 38-3 ; RAO 14-7 ; Corporate Bylaws Article VI, 5.
1999 - BCO 13-5 ; 13-12 ; 20-2 ; 32-6 ; 33-2 ; 33-3 ; 34-4 ; RAO 4-18 [editorial changes to 15-3 and 16-3] ; SJC Manual 6.2d ; 8.3 b ; 19.10c ; and 19.11 [editorial changes to 11.9a.2 and 18.7b]
2000 - BCO 13-12 ; 15-1 ; 24-1 ; 38-1 ; 43-5.
2001 - BCO 14-1.12 ; Appendix B ; Appendix H ; RAO 4-5 ; 9-6 ; 15-2 ; Corporate Bylaws Article VI, 1 ; VI, 4 ; VI, 5.
2002 - BCO 12-5e ; 13-1 ; 14-1.12 ; 32-3 ; 32-4 ; 32-18 ; 35-7 ; 43-1 ; Appendix I ; RAO 4-2 ; 4-3 ; 4-8 ; 4-9 ; 5-1 ; 6-4 ; 7-5c ; 13-1 ; SJC Manual 13.8c.5, 6, 18, and 19-22 renumbered ; Corporate Bylaws Article V, E ; V, F ; V, G ; Article VI, 1 ; VI, 5.
2003 - BCO 14-1.12b.4 ; 21-4 ; 21-5.6 ; RAO 13-1.6 ; 13-2 ; 13-5d ; 13-6e ; 13-6f through 13-6j renumbered ; 14-3e.5 ; 14-8 ; SJC Manual 13.10 ; 14.7 ; 15.7 ; 19.8j ; 19.8k ; 20.12 ; 21.2f ; Corporate Bylaws Article VI, 1.
2004 - BCO 58-5 ; SJC Manual 3.1 ; 11.7b ; 12.3b.
2005 - BCO 24-3 ; 24-5 ; 24-6 through 24-9 relettered ; 24-9 (now 24-10).
2006 - BCO 24-1.b ; 15-4 ; 40-5 ; RAO 2006 revised edition.
2007 - RAO 4-11; 11-1; 14-8.d; 19-2; SJC Manual 21-3.
2008 - BCO 12-1, 12-2; RAO 14-6.k; 14-9.e, g; 14-9.f relettered; 15-8.c, e; 15-8.f-g relettered.
[Editorial note added RAO 15-6.d and 15-6.i; editorial changes SJC 10.5; 11.6; 16.2; 17.2.(d); 18.1.(a); 21.5; 22.1]
2009 - BCO 21-4 (editorial numeration); 59-1, 6; RAO 14-9.h (3); 15-8.g (3); 19-4.d; SJC Manual 3.2; 8.4 (a), (b); 11.10; 13/10; 14.7; 15.7; 16; 19.6; 19.7 (a), (c); 20.6.
2010 - No BCO changes; no RAO changes; SJC Manual new Section 2 added with renumbering thereafter; 3.1; Sections 6 & 7 deleted; Section 17 moved to replace original 11.8; 13.8; 14.2; 15.2; 19.5.
2011 - BCO 5-2; 5-3; 5-4; 5-8; 5-9; 5-10; 5-11; add new 5-5 & renumber as needed; 9-7; 13-6; 15-2; 37-7; RAO 16-3.e.5; SJC Manual 10.7.a; 12.10; 13.7; 14.7; 17.8.k; 18.2.
2012 - BCO 19-11; RAO 5-4; 8-3; 10-8; 11-5; 12-1; 14-6.h; 15-1; OMSJC 8.1.a, b; 8.4; 18.12; 18.13.
2013 - BCO 19-2; 20-3; 24-2; 25-4; 42-4; 43-3; Appendix J added; RAO 8-5.b; 10-9 added; 16-10.a; OMSJC 3.7; 9.1; 10.7.
2014 - BCO 34-8; 37-6; 43-10; [editorial corrections: BCO 13-6; 39-3]; RAO 16-3.e.6; 16-3.e.7, 8 (renumbered); 16-6.c.1; [editorial corrections: RAO 11-5; 11-8]; [OMSJC editorial corrections: 18.11; 18.12.b.(4)]; References to Committee on Christian Education and Publications (CEP) changed to Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) - BCO 14-1.12; RAO 4-2; 5-1.b.(1); 6-1; 14-1.2.
2015 - BCO 5-2; 8-6; 18-7; 43-3, 8, 9; RAO 14-6.a; 14-6.e; OMSJC 4.1; 7.4; 9.2.e; 10.3.d; 10.6.
2016 - [editorial correction: BCO 58-5]; RAO 8-4.i; OMSJC 7.2.b; 7.4 (add 7.4.b and reletter); 10.9; 18.12.b, c.
2017 - BCO 5-3; 13-2; editorial: BCO 55-1; RAO 7-3.c; 9-2 (added and renumbering); 13-2; 13-6 (added); 14-8; 17-4; OMSJC 8.2; 8.4.a; 10.11.a (6) and (7); 17.5; 17.7; Reformed University Ministries (RUM) name changed to Reformed University Fellowship (RUF): BCO 14-1.12; RAO 4-2, 5-1, 6-4, 14-1.10; Bylaws Article V.








 

Chapter Index [links are to Paragraph 1 in each chapter]:
FoG..
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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.
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§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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