Commissioners and advisory delegates from all 170 PC(USA) presbyteries, and other delegates and observers from around the world, will converge on the America's Convention Center in downtown St. Louis for celebrations, deliberations, and inspirations in support of the denomination's biennial gathering.
The 223rd General Assembly (2018), united under the theme "Renewing the Vision: Kingdom Building for the 21st Century," from Matthew 6:25-33, will include rich worship services, the election of the Moderator and Vice Moderator or Co-Moderators, action on a plethora of overtures, and much more.
The GA consists of commissioners elected by presbyteries. Half of the commissioners will be Elders, half will be Pastors. GA
reviews the work of synods, resolves controversies in the church, is responsible for matters of common concern for the whole church, and serves as a symbol of unity for the church.
The General Assembly has several specific responsibilities outlined in Chapter 3 of the Book of Order. The assembly seeks to protect our church from errors in faith and practice, is responsible for assuring that the expression of our theology remains true to the biblical standards in our historic confessions. The General Assembly presents a witness for truth and justice in our community and in the world community. It sets priorities for the church and establishes relationships with other churches or ecumenical bodies.
The Office of the General Assembly carries out all constitutional, and most ecumenical functions at the General Assembly. Mission programs are carried out by the Presbyterian Mission Agency and overtures from synods and presbyteries are the second source of General Assembly business.
There will be overtures about Social Justice issues, Environmental issues and Public witness issues (poverty, violence and economic justice). You can check out all the GA happenings at ga-pcusa.org.
General proceedings and worship during assembly will be live-streamed, and this website will provide up-to-date information
Rev. Sheri Fry