Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church Reports, A Conservative Reformed Denomination

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June 29-30, 2004

Janesville, Wisconsin

Prepared by Rev. Daniel Gibson

The National Presbytery met on July 29 and 30. All churches were represented. Guests and delegates from the Reformed Presbyterian Church—Hanover Presbytery and Covenanting Association of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches were welcomed and had the privilege of the floor.

Teaching Elder Geoff Donnan was elected Moderator, Teaching Elder Frank Smith elected Secretary and Teaching Elder Dan Gibson appointed as Preparer of the Short Report.

Reports were taken from the churches. Of note is that Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church of Sheboygan reported the arrival and installation of their new pastor, Dr. Frank Smith. He and his wife, Penny have found a home in the area.

There were several discussions on church polity issues and some corrections to the Directory of Church Order and the Directory of Church Discipline were approved.

An ad hoc committee was appointed to bring to the next regularly scheduled National Presbytery meeting recommendations as how to better to organize denominational documents. Discussion also took place regarding the formation of the Association of Reformation Presbyteries, as the initial formation of an interim organization to facilitate unity discussions and other forms of cooperation and fellowship.

An overture was drafted and sent to the Reformed Presbyterian Church—Hanover Presbytery and Covenanting Association of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches expressing our desire for unity and association with them. A joint meeting with Hanover and CARPC in October at Manassas, Virginia has been approved by the National Presbytery. Such meeting to be held on October 21, after the meeting of our Presbytery on the 19th and 20th. The Manawa congregation has agreed to convene the October 19-21, 2004 meeting, and will also host the meeting in the event that the meeting cannot take place in Manassas, Virginia