The 23rd GenePCEA Parity transparentral Assembly of The Presbyterian Church of East Africa was held online on April 5, 2021. The Assembly considers matters affecting the ministry and mission of our denomination. Commissioners, who are responsible for the business of Assembly, discerns and make decisions.
At Assembly the next General Assembly nominated office bearers are installed. The Assembly acts and proceedings are streamed live through the church online platform and on Kirk TV. All reports, recommendations and general information are posted to the church website.
The General Assembly being the supreme Court of the Church, has the right and the power to legislate and adjudicate finally in all matters of doctrine, worship, discipline and government in the Church.
In the discharge of its legislative function, its findings are embodied in Legislative Acts which declare the mind of the Church on all matters of doctrine, worship, discipline and government. When any proposed Act of Assembly involves changes of substance in matters of doctrine, worship, discipline or government, it must first be sent down under the Barrier Act to Presbyteries for their consideration and can be finally passed only after the approval of a majority of Presbyteries has been obtained. Regulations of urgent importance, however, may be granted recognition in practice as Interim Acts until the approval of Presbyteries has been given. In judicial and administrative matters, the decisions of the General Assembly are embodied in resolutions.
Being the supreme Court of the Church, the decisions of the General Assembly on any matter, whether on the merits of a case or of procedure, are final; but, although there is no Court to which an appeal from a decision of the General Assembly can be taken, it is open to any member who is dissatisfied with a decision of the Assembly to have his dissent record in the minutes, provided that he makes the request immediately after the decision is announced and before the Assembly proceeds to other business.
The General Assembly may refer any matter before it to a special commission of its members. The powers of any such commission arise from and are limited to the Act or resolution of the Assembly by which it was appointed; and these powers and terms of reference of the special commission as a whole must therefore be carefully defined therein.
In order to foster a sense of fellowship and unity of the Church, it was agreed in 1968 that the annual meeting of the G.A.C. should be held in rotation in each of the Presbyterial areas. The following rotation is followed:
The Business Committee.
Its powers and functions.
The Business Committee is appointed at the begging of each General Assembly, its term of office runs through two General Administration Committees to the next General Assembly; a total term of three years. For the execution of important matters in between meetings of the G.A.C, the business committee is appointed to run up to the next General Assembly. The committee meets regularly to decide on all matters of church business which are remitted to it together with any matters of church policy that may arise from time to time.