Worship, Polity, & the PCA

By Brad Isbell | January 24, 2022 The state of worship in the Presbyterian Church in America is arguably better than it has ever been, at least as far as liturgy goes. More churches now use recognizably Reformed liturgies than at any point in the denomination’s history. These are liturgies that include the biblical elements … More Worship, Polity, & the PCA

Do We Need Overture 15? Overture 29 Tells Us “Yes”

By George Sayour | January 20, 2023 Note: The second half of this article is a line-by-line look at how Overture 29 lines up with the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).I have many friends who are in support of Overture 29. In addition, I am on the Gospel Reformation Network (GRN) General Council and the … More Do We Need Overture 15? Overture 29 Tells Us “Yes”

How a Presbytery Is Born

by Zachary Groff | January 11, 2023 The attention garnered by proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has spotlighted a particularly interesting data point concerning the denomination as it enters its 50th year of existence: the PCA is comprised of 88 presbyteries. How did this come about? When the … More How a Presbytery Is Born

Beware the Latitude of the Pharisees

By Ryan Biese | December 5, 2022 I was reared Lutheran (ELCA). In my experience growing up and attending several different Lutheran congregations, the worship was fundamentally the same.[1] Regardless of whether we attended a relatively conservative or relatively liberal congregation, the order of worship essentially did not change. It did not even matter whether … More Beware the Latitude of the Pharisees

2022 Proposals: The Case for Item 6 & Against Item 11

By Jacob Gerber | November 5, 2022 The Presbyteries of the PCA are currently voting on two Book of Church Order (BCO) amendments that are very similar: Item 6 (Overture 2021-20) and Item 11 (Overture 2021-21). In their final forms, both seek to require a 2/3 vote to suspend the official functions of an officer, … More 2022 Proposals: The Case for Item 6 & Against Item 11

Of Doctrinal Standards & Good Faith Subscription

By Geoff Gleason | October 24, 2022 For as long as I have been a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (ordained in 2011), there have been intramural debates within the denomination about subscription to the Church’s agreed-upon edition of the Westminster Standards (Confession of Faith, Larger, and Shorter Catechisms) as its theological documents. … More Of Doctrinal Standards & Good Faith Subscription

Grassroots Presbyterianism & Amending BCO 34-1

By Jared Nelson | October 13, 2022 “Grassroots Presbyterianism” has become a common description of the polity of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The term generally communicates the understanding that the PCA has been a bottom-up denomination that was formed with a conscious effort to give more power to the Presbyteries rather than the … More Grassroots Presbyterianism & Amending BCO 34-1