I have been selected as one of four commissioners from Denver Presbytery to this year's General Assembly. General Assembly is held every two years and meets in various cities across the country. This year, we will be convening from June 17-25 in Portland, Oregon.
Like all major denominations, the Presbyterian Church USA functions on the congregational level, as well as a national and global level. General Assembly is that time where the church gathers to consider what it means to be a witness to Jesus Christ at the national and global scale.
The General Assembly mostly responds to overtures that come to it from its mission agencies or one of its 173 presbyteries. Each presbytery elects commissioners who consider these items and act on them The deicision that are made at the national level affect the entire denomination until the next General Assembly convenes in another two years. Some of the work is receiving and studying reports that were requested in the past, some actions establish a stance on a particular issue, and some actions make recommendations to change various parts of our constitution, which then go back to the presbyteries for their approval or rejection.
If all this sounds a little confusing, check out the quick video tutorial above!
I'll be posting blogs for the next week concerning various aspects of the General Assembly as well as my experience of it.