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COMMISSIONER’S HANDBOOK

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42nd General Assembly Commissioner’s Handbook

INDIVIDUAL PAGES: PRELIMINARIES

INDIVIDUAL PAGES: MATTERS RECEIVED AND REFERRED

Summary of Action Items
         Communications, Overtures, and Recommendations
GA42-01: Recommendation from the Nominating Committee
         Nomination of Moderator (RE Rosemary Lukens)
GA42-02: Recommendation from the Nominating Committee
         Nominees for permanent committees, commissions, and boards
GA42-03: Communication from Cherry Hills Community Church (Highlands Ranch, Colorado)
         Invitation to 43rd General Assembly
GA42-04: Recommendation from Stated Clerk
         Descending Overture 21-A on on resources for ministry to and inclusion of the disabled
GA42-05: Recommendation from Stated Clerk
         Descending Overture 21-B on agencies/institutions for education or other purposes 
GA42-06: Recommendation from Stated Clerk
         Descending Overture 21-C on responsibilities of a Session
GA42-07: Recommendation from Stated Clerk
         Descending Overture 21-D on on administering the sacraments
GA42-08: Recommendation from National Leadership Team
         FY2023 Administration Budget
GA42-09: Recommendation from National Leadership Team
         FY2023 Special Projects
GA42-10: Recommendation from National Leadership Team
         Moderator-appointed Ad Interim Committee on Pastoral Letter of Racial Lament and Hope
GA42-11: Recommendation from National Leadership Team
         Transition from Per Member Asking (PMA) to Percentage of Income (POI) as EPC funding model
GA42-12: Recommendation from World Outreach Committee

         World Outreach Master Plan
GA42-13: Recommendation from World Outreach Committee
         Equip International as Cooperative Agency
GA42-14: Recommendation from World Outreach Committee
         Reflejo as Approved Mission Agency
GA42-15: Recommendation from Fraternal Relations Committee
         World Communion of Reformed Churches
GA42-16: Recommendation from Fraternal Relations Committee

         Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Sierra Leone
GA42-17: Recommendation from Fraternal Relations Committee

         Increase committee size from six to nine
GA42-18
: Recommendation from Theology Committee
         GA41-31 Response
GA42-19
: Recommendation from Theology Committee
         Distribution of 41-31 Response
GA42-20: Recommendation from Chaplain Work and Care Committee

         CWCC Policy Statement on Chaplain Ministry to Same-Sex Couples and LGBTQ+ Individuals
GA42-21
: Recommendation from Nominating Committee
         Nomination of Moderator-elect (TE Joe Kim)
GA42-22
: Communication from Moderator of 41st General Assembly
         Nominees for BRI Board of Directors Chairman and Nominating Committee vacancies
GA42-23
: Recommendation from Benefit Resources, Inc. Board of Directors
         Allow retired ministers drawing from their EPC 403(b)(9) account to designate up to 100% for housing allowance
GA42-24
: Recommendation from Ministerial Vocation Committee
         Pastor-in-Residence (PIR) Ministries
GA42-25
: Recommendation from Presbytery Review Committee
        Minutes of Presbyteries with Exceptions Requiring Responses
GA42-26
: Recommendation from Presbytery Review Committee
        Responses of Presbyteries to Exceptions
GA42-27
: Recommendation from Presbytery Review Committee
        Increase committee membership from six to nine
GA42-28: Recommendation from National Leadership Team
         Minutes of the 41st General Assembly
GA42-29: Recommendation from Stated Clerk
         Omnibus items from Standing Committees

DOCKETS

Wednesday, June 22
Thursday, June 23
Friday, June 24

OTHER DOCUMENTS

Rules for Assembly
2021 Annual Church Reports
2021-2022 Churches Received, Dismissed, and Dissolved
Auditors Report—2021 EPC Audited Combined Financial Statements
Auditors Report—2021 Benefits Plan Financial Statements
Auditors Report—2021 Retirement Plan Financial Statements

Provisional Minutes of the 41st General Assembly
Proposed FY 2023 Administration Budget
Proposed FY 2023 Special Projects

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 23, from 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Standing Committee Assignments for the 42nd General Assembly
Standing Committee Chairmen and Recording Clerks

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

Standing Committee reports are posted as soon as possible following adjournment of the meetings on Thursday afternoon, June 23.

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, Descending Overtures (if any) are 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 14) 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 21-A from the 41st General Assembly (on resources for ministry to and inclusion of the disabled).
Descending Overture 21-B from the 41st General Assembly (on agencies/institutions for education or other purposes).
Descending Overture 21-C from the 41st General Assembly (on responsibilities of a Session).
Descending Overture 21-D from the 41st General Assembly (on administering the sacraments).

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