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What is the general assembly?
The General Assembly is an annual National gathering of the Presbyterian Church in East Africa, ministers and elders from across East Affrica attend this event, through prayer, reflection and discussion. They will hear reports about the life and mission of the denomination and help discern God's will for the church moving forward. All this takes place in an atmosphere of Christian worship and fellowship. After the assembly many who attend will be invited by their home congregation and presbytery to share what it was like to be at the assembly and highlight some of the decisions.
Why do they call the General Assembly a court in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa.
Courts are where ministers and elders meet to discern God's will for the church. We have three court levels session, presbytery and General Assembly, every congregation has a session. There are approximately 600 sessions in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa.
Groups of congregations are gathered parishes, groups of parishes are gathered into presbyteries, several presbyteries make up region depending on geographical loactions. There are 52 presbyteries. There are five regions. Each court of the church has specific responsibilities, the general assembly is the highest court, all the committees and agencies of the General Assembly, Report to it.
Who will be at the General Assembly?
About 1000 ministers and elders will be at the assembly. They are called commissioners, because they are commissioned by their presbytery to attend the assembly. The office of the General Assembly is responsible for conducting the business of the assembly. The moderator is responsible for conducting the business of the assembly. There office of the secretary general record the minutes, and provide procedural advice. Staff from the general assembly office are there to present reports, and to offer administrative support.
Invited representatives, along with new ordained minister and theological student representatives from our seminaries, will also be there to participate in and learn about the work of the General Assembly. Eumenical, International and interfaith guests also adresses the General Assembly.Their presence reminds us that we are part of a worldwide faith community.
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