Descending Overtures from the 2017 General Assembly available


DescendingOverturesCommissioners to the 37th General Assembly approved four amendments to the EPC Book of Government. These amendments address the following topics:

  • Specifying terms of service for an out-of-bounds call.
  • Expanding areas of authority that may be given to a presbytery’s Ministerial Committee.
  • Creating and defining the called position of Transitional Pastor.
  • Clarifying that calls to Teaching Elders must be approved by the presbytery.

All constitutional amendments are sent to the presbyteries for approval. If approved by nine of the thirteen EPC presbyteries (75 percent), the amendments come to the 38th General Assembly for ratification. The 2018 Assembly will be held at Hope Church in suburban Memphis, Tenn.

Sessions should download and distribute the Descending Overtures for discussion in their fall meetings, in preparation for voting in each presbytery’s winter meeting.

Click here to download the Descending Overtures and other documents from the 2017 General Assembly.


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