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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 28 : Discipline of Noncommuning Members

Paragraph 5 : On the Locus of Care

28-5. All non-communing members shall be deemed under the care of the church to which their parents belong, if they live under the parental roof and are minors; otherwise, under that of the church where they reside, or with which they ordinarily worship.

[Historical Summary : The current PCA text remains unchanged from the founding of the PCA and dates to the first approved PCUS edition, in 1879. PCUS draft editions had "non-communicating" instead of the later "non-communing". The earliest of these drafts was also obviously more extensive.]

Background and Comparison :
1. PCA 1973, RoD, 2-5, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly, p. 145
2. Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, RoD, 2-5, Proposed text, p. 40
3. PCUS 1933, RoD, II-§172
4. PCUS 1925, RoD, II-§172
5. PCUS 1879, Rules of Discipline, II-5

All non-communing members shall be deemed under the care of the church to which their parents belong, if they live under the parental roof and are minors; otherwise, under that of the church where they reside, or with which they ordinarily worship.

PCUS 1869 draft, Canons of Discipline, II-6
All non-communicating members shall be deemed under the government of the Congregation to which their parents belong, if they live under the parental roof and are minors; or otherwise, under that of the congregation where they reside, or with which they ordinarily worship.

PCUS 1867 draft, Canons of Discipline, II-7
In dismissing heads of families from one congregation, to connect themselves with another, the names of their baptized children must be included, and every congregation shall keep a roll of non-communicating as well as of communicating members. All non-communicating members shall be deemed under the government of the congregation to which their parents belong, if they live under the parental roof and are minors; or otherwise, under that of the congregation where they reside, or with which they ordinarily worship.

COMMENTARY :
F.P. Ramsay, Exposition of the Book of Church Order
(1898, p. ), on 2-5:
"The



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