Page images
PDF
EPUB

walk together as the disciples of Jesus Christ, on the principles of the Confession of Faith and the Form of Government of the Presbyterian Church, and should be recognized and enrolled as such.

(2) The first act of the newly organized church should be the election, under the supervision of the Committee of Presbytery, of ruling elders and deacons. The committee should at once appoint a minister of the Presbytery as Moderator of Session, until the church shall elect a pastor, and the Presbytery takes further action.

(3) The Committee of Presbytery should carefully consider the character and other qualifications of every candidate for ruling elder or deacon, and should discountenance the election or ordination of those who appear unsuitable.

(4) When, however, proper persons cannot be found among the communicants for church officers, all the facts should be reported to Presbytery, which should regard the organization as potentially a church, and therefore entitled to enrollment and supervision; but as imperfect in its condition, being disqualified, lacking the proper officers, from exercising government and discipline, and from representation in the judicatories of the Church. The Presbytery should therefore appoint a Special Committee to take the oversight of the church, and to secure, as soon as possible, the election of proper officers-ruling elders and deacons—that it may perform all the functions of a Presbyterian church. (1890, p. 116.]

IX.

BOARDS OF THE CHURCH.

1. RULE FOR THE USE OF LEGACIES. While the Boards of our Church are civil corporations under the laws of the States in which they are located, they are also creatures of the Church, organized and operated for missionary purposes, and subject to control by the Church. This being so, the General Assembly adopts the following rule:

Resolved, That when any Board receives a legacy the use of which is not indicated in the will of the testator, the funds shall either be used for current work, or shall be invested in accordance with the laws provided for the care of trust funds in the State where the Board is located. But if not so used the funds shall be held until the Cieneral Assembly approves of some different use of them which the Board may propose to make. (1897, p. 50.]

2. RULE AS TO MEMBERS OF THE BOARDS. No person shall serve as a member of a Board who is a salaried executive officer or employé of said Board, or a member of any other benevolent Board of the Churchi; and no more than one ruling elder from the same congregation shall serve on a Board at the same time. (1887, pp. 51, 108; 1898, p. 132.]

3. RULE AS TO SALARIED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. Hereafter upon the original appointment of any salaried executive officer of any of the benevolent and missionary Boards of the Church, such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the General Assembly. [1898, p. 132.]

APPENDIX B.

GENERAL RULES FOR JUDICATORIES.

ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN 1871 AND AMENDED

IN 1885 AND 1887.

I. THE Moderator shall take the chair precisely at the hour to which the judicatory stands adjourned; and shall immediately call the members to order; and, on the appearance of a quorum, shall open the session with prayer.

II. If a quorum be assembled at the time appointed, and the Moderator be absent, the last Moderator present being a commissioner, or, if there be none, the senior member present, shall be requested to take his place without delay, until a new election.

lil. If a quorum be not assembled at the hour appointed, any two members shall be competent to adjourn from time to time, that an opportunity may be given for a quo. rum to assemble.

IV. It shall be the duty of the Moderator, at all times, to preserve order, and to endeavor to conduct all business before the judicatory to a speedy and proper result.

V. It shall be the duty of the Moderator, carefully to keep notes of the several articles of business which may be assigned for particular days, and to call them up at the time appointed.

VI. The Moderator may speak to points of order, in preference to other members, rising from his seat for that purpose; and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the judicatory by any two members.

VII. The Moderator shall appoint all committees, except in those cases in which the judicatory shall decide

* See note on page 481.

otherwise. In appointing the standing committees, the Moderator may appoint a Vice-Moderator, wha' may occupy the chair at his request, and otherwise assist hins in the discharge of his duties.

VIII. When a vote is taken by ballot in any judicatory, the Moderator shall vote with the other members; but he shall not vote in any other case, unless the judi. catory be equally divided; when, if he do not choose to vote, the question shall be lost.

IX. The person first named on any committee shall be considered as the chairman thereof, whose duty it shall be to convene the committee; and, in case of his absence or inability to act, the second named member shall take his place and perform his duties.

X. It shall be the duty of the Clerk, as soon as possible after the commencement of the sessions of every judicatory, to form a complete roll of the members present, and put the same into the hands of the Moderator. And it shall also be the duty of the Clerk, whenever any additional members take their seats, to add their names, in their proper places, to the said roll.

XI. It shall be the duty of the Clerk immediately to file all papers, in the order in which they have been read, with proper indorsements, and to keep them in perfect order. The Stated Clerk shall receive all overtures, memorials, and miscellaneous papers addressed to the judicatory; shall make record of the same and deliver them to the Committee on Bills and Overtures for appropriate disposition or reference. This committee shall have the floor on the reassembling of the judicatory after each adjourn. ment to report its recommendations as to orders of business or reference of papers, and this right of the committee shall take precedence of the Orders of the Day.

XII. The minutes of the last meeting of the judicatory shall be presented at the commencement of its sessions, and, if requisite, read and corrected.

XIII. Business left unfinished at the last sitting is ordi. narily to be taken up first.

« PreviousContinue »