PCA HISTORICAL CENTER
Archives and Manuscript Repository for the Continuing Presbyterian Church

Manuscript Collections :
Synthetic Collections :

PCA DIGEST

cover
PCA DIGEST, Vol. 1, 1973-1993
Preface
Directions for Use
Table of Contents
Part I - Assembly Actions
Part II - Interpretations of Constitution
• Part III - Judicial Cases [see GA Minutes]
Part IV - Bylaws, Manuals & Guidelines

PCA DIGEST, Vol. 2, 1973-1993
• Preface
• Table of Contents
• Studies & Reports [see listings below]

PCA DIGEST, Vol. 3, 1994-1998
Preface
Directions for Use
Part I - Assembly Actions
Part II - Interpretation of Constitution
• Part III - Judicial Cases [see GA Minutes]
Part IV - Bylaws, Manuals & Guidelines
Part V - Studies & Reports
Comprehensive Index

PCA Studies & Reports, 1973 - 2019 :

Please note:
  "It needs to be pointed out that when quoting the PCA Digest, caution should be exercised as to whether the quoted section was merely received or if it was adopted as the action of General Assembly. Even when adopted, these papers and decisions reflect the pious advice of that particular General Assembly and have no constitutional force unless changes were adopted in the Book of Church Order or other standards of the Church."—Paul Gilchrist, Preface to Volume 1 of the PCA Digest, p. 3.
  See also the PCA's Book of Church Order, chapter 14, paragraph 7, which states:
      "Actions of the General Assembly pursuant to the provision of BCO 14-6 such as deliverances, resolutions, overtures, and judicial decisions are to be given due and serious consideration by the Church and its lower courts when deliberating matters related to such action. Judicial decisions shall be binding and conclusive on the parties who are directly involved in the matter being adjudicated, and may be appealed to in subsequent similar cases as to any principle which may have been decided. See BCO 3-5 and 3-6, and WCF 31.3.)"
Studies & Reports:
File Type
.html
HTML
.pdf
PDF
.doc
DOC
Message to All Churches of Jesus Christ Throughout the World [1973]
[PDF]
-

Re-Affirmation to Biblical Fidelity and the "Message to All Churches" [1993]

-
[PDF]
[DOC]
Abortion [1978] --------------------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Agencies, Their Relationship to General Assembly ----------------
-
   
AIDS Task Force Report [M17GA (1989), 17-25, p.62] ---------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Alcohol, Beverage Use of, [M8GA (1980), 8-69, III, p. 98] -----
[PDF]
[DOC]
Apostasy and Ecclesiastical Separation ------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Archives Position Paper -----------------------------------------------
   
Baptism : [Click here to print all four baptism articles as one file]4
[PDF]
[DOC]

  • Baptism and Non-Communing Membership (1977)

[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Appendix P: Report on the Validity of Certain Baptisms (1987)
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Appendices, Report on the Validity of Certain Baptisms (1845)
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Minority Report on Validity of Certain Baptisms (1987)
[PDF]
[DOC]
Child Protection [Overture 6, as amended & adopted in 2014]
-
[PDF]
-
Church/State Subcommittee Report (1987) :
     
  • For Parts I–V of this Report as a single file, click here4
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Summary Positions
[PDF]
[DOC]

  • I. Biblical, Historical & Contemporary Concepts of Church/State Relations, by Douglas Kelly

[PDF]
[DOC]

  • II. Should the PCA Remain Incorporated?, by Douglas Kelly

[PDF]
[DOC]

  • III. Taxation and the Church, by Thomas O. Kotouc-----------

[PDF]
[DOC]

  • IV. Education & Parental Responsibility, by R. S. Barnes and T. O. Kotouc

[PDF]
[DOC]

  • V. Propriety of Christians Non Violent Disobedience to the Civil Magistrate in the Abortion Controversy, by Mark Belz and Linwood Crowe

[PDF]
[DOC]

  • Church/State Subcommittee Report, Summary Positions (1988)

[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Protest in Response to the Summary Positions
[PDF]
[DOC]
Church Union, Biblical Basis of --------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]

  • Guiding Principles for Ecumenical Relations ---------------------

[PDF]
[DOC]
Conflict of Interest ------------------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Creation :
     
  • Interim Report, 27th General Assembly, 1999
   
  • Report of the Study Committee (28th GA (2000), p. 119-212)
[PDF]
-
Diaconal Ministries -----------------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Divorce :
-
     
  • 1979 - Report of the Ad Interim Theological Committee on Divorce
[image scans only, from pages 57-59 & 105-110 of GA Minutes
Divorce and Remarriage [1992 Report of the Ad Interim Committee]:
     
  • Click here for the 1992 report as a single file [111 pp.]4
 
[PDF]
 
  • Introduction and Outline -------------------------------------------
[HTML]
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Chapter 1 - Historical Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage
[HTML]
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Chapter 2 - Scriptural Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage
[HTML]
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Chapter 3 - Pastoral Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage
[HTML]
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Appendix I - The Westminster Divines on Divorce for Physical Abuse
[HTML]
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Appendix II - Divorce Reconsidered, by RE David C. Lachman
[HTML]
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Conclusion: Summary & Recommendations----------------------
[HTML]
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Qualifications for Office of a Divorced Person (1979)----------- -
-
Evangelicals and Catholics Together, Response to
[PDF]
[DOC]
Federal Vision
     
  • Report of the Ad-Interim Study Committee on Federal Vision, New Perspective, and Auburn Avenue Theologies - pdf image scans only, from the Minutes of the 35th General Assembly (2007)
Fencing the Lord's Table -----------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Freemasonry :
-
   
  • (1) Report of the Committee to Study Freemasonry (1987) and
  • (2) Report of the Committee to Study Freemasonry (1988)
-
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Topical Summary of Document Sources
-
   
Fund Raising Policy [M4GA (1976), page 80, 4-74, 5]
   
Heroic Measures --------------------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Higher Education :
-
-
-

  • Part I. - The Church's Role in Higher Education (1978)

-
-

  • Part II - Christian Education and Federal Aid (1978)

-
-

  • Part III - Covenant College's Philosophy of Education (1978)

-
-
Homosexuality :
-
   
  • Overture No. 11, 5th General Assembly (1977)
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • RPCES Report of the Study Committee on Homosexuality (1980)
[PDF]
   
  • A Declaration of Conscience on Homosexuals and the Military
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Assembly Actions on the Matter of Homosexuality (1996)
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • 1999 Resolution regarding Homosexual Agenda
[PDF]
[DOC]
Humanism ---------------------------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Insider Movement:
M   M
  2012 Ad Interim Committee Report (Part 1)---------------------
M [PDF] M
  2014 Ad Interim Committee Report (Part 2), with both the text and analysis of 2013 & 2014 Minority Reports. Note that the 42nd GA only adopted the the three recommendations found on page 2112.
  [PDF]  
Interchurch Relations :
   
  • Resolution on Interchurch Relations (1973) ---------------------
   
  • Policy Statement (1974) --------------------------------------------
   
  • Miscellaneous Addenda (1975, 1976, 1985, 1990)--------------
   
  • Conceptual Framework for Mission/Church Relations (1984)
   
  • Report on Defining the Nature of Relations with Other Churches
   
Joint Statement on Joining & Receiving --------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Judicial Procedures, Ad Interim Committee Report:
-
   
  • "Principles of Judicial Process Derived from the Old Testament Scriptures," by Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist----------------------------------
[HTML]
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • "Principles of Judicial Process from a New Testament Perspective," by Dr. Paul B. Fowler----------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • "Church Discipline in Light of the Evidence of the New Testament," by Dr. T. David Gordon---------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • "Shepherds as Judges: The Judicial Responsibilities of Elders in the PCA," by Dr. T. David Gordon-----------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • "The Use of Commissions in the Presbyterian Churches in the United States of America," by Pastor Leroy H. Ferguson, III
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • "Select and Annotated Bibliography on Ecclesiastical Judicial Procedures: Doctrines and Practices of the American Presbyterian Church," by Pastor David F. Coffin, Jr.------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Procedural Checklist for BCO Rules of Discipline [2015 revision]
[PDF]
Medical Insurance, Ad Interim Committee Report on Options for,
-
   
Mercy Ministry, Biblical Guidelines ----------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Mission and Purpose of the PCA -------------------------------------
   
NAPARC's Agreement on Transfer of Members -------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Nuclear Age --------------------------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Number of Offices in the Church :
-
   
  • Report on Number of Offices in the Church [M7GA, pp. 77-85]
[PDF]
[DOC]

  • Appendix A: Two Offices (Elders/Bishops, and Deacons) and Two Orders of Elders (Preaching/Teaching Elders, and Ruling Elders): A New Testament Study, by Dr. George W. Knight, III

[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Appendix B: Ministers of the Word, by Donald A. Dunkerley (1977)
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Appendix C: Biblical Study on "Ordination," by Don Clements (1977)
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Appendix D: Empowered to Serve, by Robert H. Kirksey (1977)
-
-
Paedo Communion ------------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
PCA Structure ----------------------------------------------------
-
   
Pornography ------------------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • Dr. C. Everett Koop's Address, 14th General Assembly (1986)
[PDF]
[DOC]
"Psalm Singing," Report of the Subcommittee (1993)
   
Racial Reconciliation
   
  • MNA Pastoral Letter on Racism [adopted, 32d GA (2004)]
-
[PDF]
[DOC]
  • A Pastoral Letter on Racism and the Gospel (2016)  
[PDF]
 
  • Report on Racial and Ethnic Reconciliation (2018)  
[PDF]
 
Spiritual Gifts :
-
-
-
  • Pastoral Letter On Experience of the Holy Spirit [English]
   
  • Pastoral Letter On Experience of the Holy Spirit [Korean]
-
-
Taxation -----------------------------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Tax Group Exemption -------------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Textbook Censorship, Resolution on
   
Theology of Stewardship ----------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Theonomy ---------------------------------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Uniform Curriculum for Theological Education --------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]

  • Guidelines for Theological Education -----------------------------

[PDF]
[DOC]
Women in the Church (WIC) -----------------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Women in the Military, Report of the Ad Interim Committee:
-
-
-
  • Final Report [M30GA, 30-54, p. 282 and 30-57, p. 283] -----
-
-
  • Communications 1, 2 and 6 [M30GA, 30-57, pp. 287 - 289]
-
-
  • Consensus Report 2001 [M29GA, 29-57, p. 259 - 278] ------
-
-
  • Final Recommendations, 2001 [M29GA, 29-57, p. 277; M30GA, p. 2]    
  • Final Recommendations 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 285] ------
-
-
  • "Man's Duty to Protect Woman" [M29GA, 29-57, pp. 278-308]
-
-
  • Minority Report 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 287] ------------------
-
-
  • Minority Report, 2001, "Recommendations for the Wise Counsel of the Church" [M29GA, 29-57, p. 308 - 320] ---------------------
-
-
  • Overtures 2, 21 and 26 [M30GA, p. 245 and 287]
[HTML]
-
-
  • Supplemental Report 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 287] -----------
-
-
Women in the Presbytery Organization ------------------------------
[PDF]
[DOC]
Women Serving in the Ministry of the Church (2017)  
[PDF]
 
Worldwide Religious Persecution, NAE Statement of Conscience
[PDF]
[DOC]

 

©PCA Historical Center, 12330 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO, 2018. All Rights Reserved.