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DESCENDING OVERTURES

When a General Assembly approves a recommendation that would amend the EPC Constitution, that recommendation becomes a “Descending Overture.” Following the General Assembly meeting, any Descending Overtures are then distributed for information at each presbytery’s fall meeting and voted upon in the winter meetings. Presbyteries may debate the substance of a Descending Overture as to adoption or non-adoption, but may not amend. 

If a Descending Overture is ratified by 11 (75% of the EPC’s 16) presbyteries, it comes to the next Assembly as a recommendation. If not ratified by 11 presbyteries, it is presented as information but does not come to the floor for vote. When presented to the next General Assembly, the vote count of commissioners at each presbytery is included.

Descending Overture 18-A from the 38th General Assembly (not ratified by 75% of the presbyteries)

DOCKETS

Wednesday, June 19
Thursday, June 20
Friday, June 21

COMMISSIONER’S HANDBOOK

COMPLETE HANDBOOK

INDIVIDUAL PAGES: PRELIMINARIES

INDIVIDUAL PAGES: MATTERS RECEIVED AND REFERRED

Summary of Action Items
GA39-01: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-02: Nominations for Moderator and Moderator-Elect
GA39-03: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-04: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-05: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-06: Recommendation from the Chaplains Work and Care Committee
GA39-07: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-08: Nominations for Permanent Committees
GA39-09: Overture from the Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest
GA39-10: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-11: Recommendation from the Permanent Judicial Commission
GA39-12: Overture from the Presbytery of the East
GA39-13: Recommendation from the Permanent Judicial Commission
GA39-14: Recommendation from the Permanent Judicial Commission
GA39-15: Recommendation from the Benefit Resources, Inc., Board of Directors
GA39-16: Recommendation from the Fraternal Relations Committee
GA39-17: Recommendation from the Fraternal Relations Committee
GA39-18: Recommendation from the Fraternal Relations Committee
GA39-19: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-20: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-21: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-22: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-23: Recommendation from the Next Generation Ministries Council
GA39-24: Recommendation from the World Outreach Committee
GA39-25: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-26: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-27: Communication from Hope Church, Cordova, Tennessee
GA39-28: Recommendation from the Nominating Committee
GA39-29: Recommendation from the Nominating Committee
GA39-30: Recommendation from the Presbytery Review Committee
GA39-31: Recommendation from the Presbytery Review Committee
GA39-32: Recommendation from the Presbytery Review Committee
GA39-33: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team
GA39-34: Communication from the Moderator
GA39-35: Recommendation from the National Leadership Team

STANDING COMMITTEE ROSTERS

The Nominating Committee assigns all commissioners completing their registration for General Assembly by May 31 to a Standing Committee. Except for a few items, all the business coming to the floor is first discussed and recommendations are made in these Standing Committees that meet on Thursday, June 20, from 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Standing Committee Assignments for the 39th General Assembly

Commissioners should check their Standing Committee Assignment and prepare for the Committee meeting by reading the appropriate section(s) of the Handbook.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS TO THE ASSEMBLY

Reports from the Standing Committees will be available by 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 21.

Administration (National Leadership)
Fraternal Relations
Memorials and Appreciation
Ministerial Vocation
Next Generation Ministries
Overtures and Resolutions

Theology
Women’s Ministries (Women’s Resource Council)
World Outreach

FACE-TO-FACE FORM

Face-to-Face Form (fillable pdf format)

To advertise a vacancy at your church at General Assembly, download the Face-to-Face form to your computer. Email your completed form to brian.smith@epc.org for your vacancy to appear on the EPC website and in the GA app. Please note that forms received after June 10 may be delayed in posting due to the multiple demands on staff during the Assembly, but Commissioners are still welcome to participate in Face-to-Face from the floor of the Assembly.

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