General Assembly attractiveness in the PCA: doing the impossible...

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The fourth key issue identified by the PCA's Cooperative Ministries Committee (first, here; second, here; third, here) was:

Making the General Assembly more attractive to younger pastors and ruling elders.

General Assemblies, like elder board and presbytery meetings, are work sessions. If we try to lure men to attend GA by it's attractiveness we detract from the task at hand: doing the work of the church. For me, GA would be more attractive if we dispensed with the pre-assembly sideshows and seminars and immediately got to work. We could define ourselves by our actions rather than by talking about who we are ad nauseam (sorry, I like the sound of that drum).

But, since you asked, here are a few more things that would make GA attractive to me...

...cheaper, closer, electronic voting...

...with debate more like that had by the men in the British Parliament...

...and a buffet of free pure maple sugar candy.

Andrew Dionne is the pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Spartanburg, SC. He and his wife Sarah have six children. Read more from Andrew here.