PCA Foundation President Announces Retirement

PCA Foundation President, Randy Stair, has informed the board of directors of the PCA Foundation of his intent to retire from his current role as of June 30, 2019.

Randy Stair has served as President of the PCA Foundation since 1998. During his 21 years of leadership, the amount of donations to the Foundation has been over $205 million, the amount of grant distributions to ministry over $145 million and total assets have grown from $17 million to over $91 million. The staff and... Continue Reading

The Preliminary Principles in the PCA Book of Church Order

The Preliminary principles are generally recognized as having been authored by the Rev. John Witherspoon.

“Since the 16th Century Protestant Reformation, there have been numerous Reformed denominations with varying forms of church polity — some more hierarchical and others more democratic. These eight principles were originally adopted by the first American General Assembly in 1789. Our American Presbyterian forefathers had come to America with fresh memories of the persecutions under... Continue Reading

Actions of the 46th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America

A report of the 46th PCA General Assembly held June 13-15 in Atlanta from the Stated Clerk.

As the 2017 Assembly was historic in electing RE Dr. Alexander Jun as the first Korean-American Moderator of the General Assembly, the 2018 Assembly was historic in unanimously electing Rev. Dr. Irwin Ince as the first African-American Moderator…. Dr. Ince moderated the 2018 General Assembly with the efficiency of an engineer, the wisdom of a... Continue Reading

Reflections from Inside the Overtures Committee at the 46th PCA General Assembly

Or, how the proposed amendment to BCO 59, the Marriage Chapter, at the PCA GA was finally drafted and approved.

The PCA General Assembly voted to propose that BCO 59-3 be given constitutional authority and amended it to read: “Marriage is only to be between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24-25; Matt. 19:4-6; 1 Cor. 7:2), in accordance with the Word of God. Therefore ministers in the Presbyterian Church in America who solemnize marriages... Continue Reading

Without ‘Gravity,’ We Will Be Carried About by Every Wind of Doctrine

Reasons to Defeat Overtures 11, 15 and 27 at the 46th PCA General Assembly

Overtures 11, 15, and 27 recommend that the term “grave” be replaced by “dignified,” citing the fact that the Greek word that is translated as “grave” in the KJV is translated as “dignified” in the ESV.  While “dignified” is a fine word, it conveys a different sense than “grave.”  To be dignified is to carry... Continue Reading

Mere Presbyterianism

A call to Mere Presbyterianism is not an appeal for confessional or theological reductionism. On the contrary, it’s an earnest plea for confessional integrity.

Without getting into the weeds of the strict vs. good faith subscription debate, I simply want to encourage my fellow PCA teaching and ruling elders to prioritize in our churches that which our Reformed Confession prioritizes, especially as it concerns the Gospel, worship, confessionalism, piety, and missions. To be clear, this call to Mere Presbyterianism... Continue Reading

Full Homosexual Inclusion in the PCA?

The Origin, Objective and Deception of the Revoice Conference

But the problem we have today is that the ‘gay-Christian’ community refuses to acknowledge such desires are sinful. In fact, they profess that to expect individuals with homosexual desires to repent of them would be a destructive burden to them, tantamount to denying who they were created to be. Hence, these individuals have no problem... Continue Reading

The Ruling Elder/Teaching Elder Disparity in the PCA

In 1973, 179 teaching elders and 208 ruling elders attended the first PCA General Assembly; by 2017, 1151 teaching elders and 310 ruling elders attended the 45th GA.

The growth in this disparity in the PCA has been steady. For assemblies in the 1970s the percentage of ruling elders attending averaged 44%. In the 1980s the percentage fell dramatically to 33%, but held fairly steady in the 1990s at 32%. The first decade of the 21st century saw a decline to 29%. The... Continue Reading

Reasons to Vote in Favor of Overture Requiring 30-days’ Notice

The Overtures propose 30-days’ prior notice for a congregational meeting where there will be a vote to disaffiliate with the PCA.

This year’s proposed 30-day notice requirement does not abridge any congregational right – it actually protects one.  It ensures, for example, a Session can’t hustle a church out of the PCA without the clear consent of a well-prepared congregation.  30-day notice doesn’t restrict a congregation’s liberty; it restricts a Session’s liberty.  This important distinction is... Continue Reading

Reasons to Defeat Overtures 10, 12 and 17 at the 46th PCA General Assembly

The proposed amendment to BCO 25-11 would mandate a notice of 30 days for congregation meetings if the purpose is to consider withdrawing from the PCA.

Over the PCA’s 46 year history, hundreds of churches have chosen to withdraw from the PCA for a variety of reasons. BCO 25.8-11 makes it abundantly clear that the PCA, from its inception, chose to enshrine in its Constitution the principle of granting congregations full rights over their own property and the liberty to choose... Continue Reading