I'm at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America this week and, in looking at the info from some other denominational meetings this year, ours seems a tad boring.
As I have read through the docket and my packet of info it looks like we are going to have some discussion on the Federal Vision and the New Perspective but I think the most that will come out of this is the formation of a study committee to study the matter and report back at a future General Assembly. I am sure we'll get some speechifying from all sides on these matters but no real fireworks.
Right now we are hearing a report from our Strategic Planning committee, an ad-interim committee which has been meeting for several years seeking to answer the question: "What are the signs of a healthy denomination and how can the PCA become more healthy?" At this point we are hearing reports on changing the rules of assembly operation. The committee believes that the General Assembly, which is our annual meeting of teaching and ruling elders, has the task of implementing the Great Commission through "equally essential committees."
I am not sure how this is going to go. From what I can tell they are bringing some good suggestions but if I were to go into any detail about them it would put most of my readers to sleep. We'll see how the voting goes. For me, it seems like some of the best minds in our denomination have spent a good deal of time and study on this. But we're also dealing mostly with internal procedure here, which is necessary - but if we are going to obey and fulfill the Great Commission we need a greater focus on engaging an unbelieving world, and we need our best minds to be focused on this.
So, as I said, our GA this year seems boring. The Southern Baptists are standing against alcohol, and it seems like the PCUSA is looking more like the Episcopalians. If anything exciting happens I'll try to let you know.