What Happened at the General Assembly Part 9 – Other Things

  • The Assembly encouraged the PMA and PILP to consider forgiveness of mortgage grants established in 1969 or earlier only to congregations closing and turning over their assets to their presbyteries.
  • In an effort to promote awareness of gender disparity in clergy benefit and salary packages, the 223rd General Assembly urges COMs, within 12 months of the close of the assembly, to study and adopt the theology of benefits in the document Living by the Gospel, conduct a review of the last five years of salary and benefit statistics by gender in their own context and share the findings with Clerks of Session, CPMSs and candidates of ministry; share the statistics annually with the presbytery; provide a copy of Living the Gospel to PNCs and incoming committee members and, in situations where a pastor is not receiving benefits, or when his or her salary is below minimum, require the session to provide a full written explanation to the COM.
  • The Assembly approved the report of the Way Forward Commission that focused on the dispute between the PMA, OGA and the ‘A’ Corp. This included a restructuring of the PCUSA A Corp; strengthening the role of the Stated Clerk; authorized a “financial sustainability review”; beefed up the denomination’s translation services; endorsed an administrative action calling for greater transparency and freedom for national staff to speak their minds in addressing the prevailing culture without retribution and retaliation.
  • The Assembly established a representative Vision Team as part of the denominational structure that is tasked with shepherding ongoing vision discernment work, including engaging in discernment practices in collaboration with the six agencies and mid councils; bringing recommendations about that discernment to the agencies and/or General Assembly; communicating the unified, dynamic vision to the broader church. .
  • Approved the establishment of team to review the Per Capita System. This was an overture from the Presbytery of Newton
  • The Assembly approved a per capita rate of $8.95 for 2019 and 2020
  • The Assembly confirmed the Election or reelection of several PCUSA leadership:
    • The Reverend Diane Moffett as president and executive director of the Presbytery Mission Agency
    • The Reverend Tom Taylor as president of the Presbyterian Foundation
    • Alton B. Pollard III as president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • The Assembly elected Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintron-Olivieri (Presbytery of Tropical Florida) and Reverend Cindy Kohlmann (Presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England) as co-moderators.