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2020 Vision Team drafts recommendations to GA

The 2020 Vision Team has agreed on draft language for four recommendations to the 2020 General Assembly in Baltimore. That means some revisions are possible by the Feb. 21 deadline – but this is likely to be close to what the final recommendation will say.

One of those recommendations asks the assembly to approve a guiding statement for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for use by the church “until a time in which the church deems it prudent to form a new guiding statement.”

That guiding statement says that God calls the denomination to be “prayerful, courageous united, serving, and alive” – with those words spelling out the acronym PC(USA).

A second recommendation asks the assembly to commend the guiding statement and additional resources to PC(USA) agencies, seminaries, mid councils and congregations for study, conversation, spiritual growth and formation. And it asks the assembly to mandate that the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation develop curriculum with a focus on the guiding statement.

A third recommendation asks that the moderator or co-moderators of the 2020 assembly appoint an implementation team to introduce the guiding statement and introduce it into the life of the church.

A fourth recommendation asks that the General Assembly in 2026 consider forming a 2030 Vision Team to explore a new guiding statement for the PC(USA) “that will help us name and claim our denominational identity as we seek to follow the Spirit into the future decade.”

Read here to see the working language of the recommendations: working 2020 Vision Team Recommendations