The All Agency Review Committee voted May 1 to concur with a comment that the Way Forward Commission is making to the 2018 General Assembly regarding the ongoing dispute over the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation.
Way Forward voted April 30 to offer a comment expressing disagreement with a recommendation from the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board – a recommendation that proposes splitting the A Corporation into two corporations, one for the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) and one for the Office of the General Assembly (OGA).
The comment Way Forward approved states that the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s recommendations would “take the church in the opposite direction” from what Way Forward and All Agency Review contend are needed. The recommendations “do not promote the entire body of Christ or build up the whole of our denomination,” the comment states.
Last week, the board approved its own comment on what Way Forward and All Agency Review are recommending. That comment states that Way Forward is focusing too much on technical change and not enough on vision, and that the approach Way Forward is recommending (of having a separate board responsible for administrative and corporate functions) “has been tried before and it did not work.”
For a primer on the A Corporation conversation, read here.
For more on the Way Forward comment, read here.
And here’s the full text (Comments of the WFC and AARC 042918) of the comment Way Forward approved, and which All Agency Review voted to concur.
To learn about the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s comment, read: