What is the General Assembly?

The Book of Order, G-3.0501 states that “ General Assembly constitutes the bond of union, community, and mission among all its congregations and councils, to the end that the whole church becomes a community of faith, hope, love, and witness. As it leads and guides the witness of the whole church, it shall keep before it:
  • the marks of the Church (F-1.0302),
  • the notes by which Presbyterian and Reformed communities have identified themselves through history (F-1.0303), and
  • the six Great Ends of the Church (F-1.0304)

On Saturday, June 18th the 225th General Assembly of the PCUSA will begin. There are 486 commissioners from 166 presbyteries who will convene for worship, plenaries, fellowship, and committee work over a three-week period of time.

The commissioners have the responsibility of deliberating the business that will come before this assembly and discerning the mind of Christ, in assembly committee meetings and the plenary sessions. Young adult advisory delegates (YADs), theological student advisory delegates (TSADs), missionary advisory delegates (MADs), and ecumenical advisory delegates also bring their experience and perspective to this task. This year’s GA is in a hybrid format with in-person and virtual/digital components.

Foothills Presbytery elected four commissioners for the 225th General Assembly. To learn more about our commissioners and how you can pray for them, scroll down in this newsletter.

If you want to keep up with the everyday events, worship, and news of GA 2022, visit their website, and social media:
Presbyterian Governance Comes to Life
Being Presbyterian is unique in many ways -- how the church is governed and how decisions are made, and by whom, for example. Watch this quick video that explains business at General Assembly.
All commissioners and advisory delegates to the 225th General Assembly (2022) are assigned to one of seventeen assembly committees that will meet in Louisville, Kentucky in 4 groupings over the weeks of June 20 and June 27. Beginning Tuesday, July 5, during online plenary sessions, the whole Assembly hears the reports of committees and acts on their recommendations.

Meet our Commissioners:
Rev. Craig Foster
First, Spartanburg

Committee:
Financial Resources
Elder Robin Morris
Limestone

Committee:
Bills & Overtures
Rev. Lauren Slingerland
Westminster, Greenville

Committee:
Mid-Councils
Elder Ed Yokley
North Anderson Community

Committee:
Environmental Justice
Prayer for the 225th General Assembly
of the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you called disciples
And, by the Holy Spirit,
Made them one church to serve you.
Be with members of our General Assembly.
Help them to welcome
New things you are doing In the world,
And to respect old things you keep and use.
Save them from empty slogans of senseless controversy.
In their deciding,
Determine what is good for us and for all people.,
As the 225th General Assembly meets,
Let your Spirit rule, so that our church may be joined
In love and service to Jesus Christ,
Who, having gone before us,
Is coming to meet us
In the promise of your kingdom. Amen.

Adapted from the Book of Common Worship
What’s coming to the 2022 General Assembly? 

How will you explain the actions of GA to your congregation?

The 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting this June and July is shaping up to be an assembly like no other in a hybrid, three-week format.

Many issues will be discussed and debated including climate change, gun violence, the pandemic, race relations and the restructuring of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Once again, the Hands and Feet Initiative will lead Presbyterians to advocate for social justice. A special Juneteenth worship service is being planned as well as opportunities to learn about this commemoration that marks the formal end of slavery in the U.S.

Keep your church members informed with two bulletin inserts that contain Outlook’s fast, accurate and fair reporting. With these two resources, your congregation can learn both what’s coming to GA and learn what decisions are ultimately made at the assembly.
Learn more HERE.