December 28,  2017
What is a Presbytery?
(part 2 of 4)
by: Anne Meredith Wilson
Witherspoon Press PC(USA)

What is the synod?

The synod is a group of at least three presbyteries in a geographic area. As a governing unit it is made up of an equal number of ministers and elders from each presbytery. It is primarily responsible for the mission activities of the church in its region, as son mission work is best done at this level. the synod nurtures and assists the presbyteries with needed resources, services, and programs. It also acts as a court of appeal in certain judicial actions according to the Rules of Discipline. 

The role of the synod varies somewhat from one another according to the needs of its presbyteries.

What is the General Assembly?

The General Assembly is the highest governing body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It meets annually and is made up of equal numbers of elders and ministers elected from each presbytery, according to the number of church members in each presbytery. 

The General Assembly provides services for the whole church, maintains an office for administrative services, determines priorities and objectives for national and international mission, acts as a final court of appeal in judicial questions, and provides authoritative interpretation of the Book of Order. Among its many responsibilities, the General Assembly maintains ecumenical relations with other denominations and acts as the voice of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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