american presbytery short report for
Prepared by Rev. Daniel Gibson
The National Presbytery of the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church met at King’s Reformed Presbyterian Church, Fellsmere, Florida on February 17-18, 2004 beginning at 9 a.m.
A quorum was declared with five of the six churches represented. Rev. Rudy Poettcker was elected moderator, Elder James Brown was appointed as Secretary and Rev. Dan Gibson was elected the Preparer of the Short Report. Guests were welcomed and reports received from the churches.
A written Overture from the Covenanting Association of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches concerning the development of a relationship between our two bodies was received. Likewise, a representative of the Reformed Presbyterian Church – Hanover Presbytery, was present and brought greetings from that denomination and proposed a similar relationship as did the C.A.R.P. An Associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Rowlett Texas attended as an observer.
The Presbytery responded to the C.A.R.P. and Hanover Presbytery by directing the Correspondence Secretary to send a letter of greeting and notification that Presbytery has established a committee for contact and discussions with them.
Covenant Reformed Church of Port Washington was reported to have been dissolved and Covenant Reformed Church of Sheboygan was established in its place and received into the CRPC.
Providence Reformed Church of Greeley, Colorado was reported to have been dissolved as a particular church, it’s members received into membership by Covenant Community Reformed Church in Janesville, Wisconsin. The work in Colorado carries on as a mission work of the Janesville church under the direction of Rev. James Connelly.
All actions changing the Book of Church Government from the November 2003 Presbytery were ratified.
A motion was passed creating an appendix in the Directory of Church Order for a checklist and questionnaire for church officers which will require ratification at the next presbytery.
Information has been approved for inclusion on the denominational web site (www.covref.org).
Motions were passed refining the examination process for candidates for licensure or church office which will need to be ratified at the next Presbytery.
June 29-30 were selected as the next National Presbytery meeting hosted by the Janesville, Wisconsin church. The meeting was adjourned with prayer at 2 p.m.