Business at the General Assembly

One of the many reasons Disciples attend the General Assembly is to perform the worshipful work of the Church through business sessions. The General Assembly is the general representative body of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and receives and acts upon proposed policy and program, reports and resolutions, and other items of business presented during business sessions.

Life of a General Assembly Resolution

 2017 Order of Business (subject to change) 

Resolutions and Business Items

From the Special Rules for the General Assembly

Operational, Policy and Organizational: Operational, Policy and Organizational Items are those which establish policy, institute or revise structures, or procedures, authorize programs, approve directions or mandate actions. (For a complete description, see section 2.2 of the Special Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly.)

Sense-of-the-Assembly: A Sense-of-the-Assembly Resolution is an expression of the General Assembly concerning a moral, ethical or religious matter confronting the church, the nation or the world. Adoption of a resolution must represent agreement by a majority of an assembly’s voting representatives that the conviction or view expressed is based on Christian insights and is a part of their witness to Jesus Christ. Resolutions are developed for the guidance of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in its program operation, for the consideration of the congregations and members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and for a Christian witness to the world. The text of a proposed resolution should be so phrased as not to bring into question the Christian commitment of those who do not agree. (For a complete description, see section 2.5 of the Special Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly.)

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GA-1717

RESOLUTION TO CELEBRATE AND REAFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO THE VISION OF PLANTING 1,000 NEW CONGREGATIONS BY 2020

In this resolution, submitted by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation, the partners celebrate the initiative that counts 975 plants and affiliates with greater than 60 percent still bearing Christ’s witness 5 years past their inception. Operational, Policy and Organizational, 12 minutes

GA-1718

CONCERNING AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MERGER AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY CONVENTION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Merger Agreement, the National Convocation brings this resolution to the assembly to request that colleges, seminaries, regions and the General Board of the Christian Church include education about the merger between the National Christian Missionary Convention and the International Convention of the Christian Churches through the book “Journey Toward Wholeness” by Brenda Cardwell and William K. Fox, Jr. Operational, Policy and Organizational, 12 minutes

GA-1719

A CALL FOR THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) TO ADVOCATE FOR THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN LIVING UNDER ISRAELI MILITARY OCCUPATION

The Division of Overseas Ministries brings this resolution to the General Assembly to encourage the Church to learn about conditions in Palestine and the State of Israel and advocate for the rights of children, encourage United States governmental bodies to examine the practices of military allies and ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and that the General Minister and President communicate this call to specific governmental leaders. Sense-of-the-Assembly, 24 minutes

GA-1720

AFFIRMATION OF OUR COMMITMENT TO RESPONSIBLE INVESTING

The boards of three financial ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – the Christian Church Foundation, Disciples Church Extension Fund, and the Pension Fund of the Christian Church – affirm their commitment to engage with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and to bring an educational program to the 2019 General Assembly. Operational, Policy and Organizational, 12 minutes

GA-1721

A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO RECONCILIATION MINISTRY

Six congregations from Missouri, Ohio and Oklahoma bring this resolution to the General Assembly to encourage the Church to renew its commitment to being a pro-reconciling/anti-racist church as laid out in a resolution from the 2007 General Assembly and to support Reconciliation Ministry in its work. Sense-of-the-Assembly, 12 minutes

GA-1722

REPUDIATION OF THE CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY: A CALL TO EDUCATION AND ACTION AND SUPPORT FOR INDIGENOUS VOICES IN THE WITNESS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

The submitters of this resolution urge the Church to examine the ways the Christian Doctrine of Discovery has shaped our understandings and to find ways to incorporate the indigenous voice into the life of all three expressions of the Church as well as educational institutions affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Sense-of-the-Assembly, 24 minutes

GA-1723

ON BECOMING IMMIGRANT WELCOMING CONGREGATIONS

Disciples ministries including the Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries, Refugee and Immigration Ministries of Disciples Home Missions, Disciples Women, Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel, North American Pacific/Asian Disciples, National Benevolent Association, National Convocation and Iglesia Alas de Salvacion (AZ) and Iglesia Christiana Emanuel (TX) are calling on congregations to consider becoming “immigrant welcoming congregations” by engaging in prayer and action around issues of immigration, providing supportive resources and programs to their local immigrant communities and building bridges between congregations that are majority immigrant and majority non-immigrant. Sense-of-the-Assembly, 24 minutes

GA-1724

RESOLUTION CONCERNING CARBON NEUTRALITY

In this resolution submitted by Christmount National Camp and Conference Center, Green Chalice of Disciples Home Missions and the Kentucky region, Week of Compassion, Disciples Volunteering and the General Youth Council of Disciples Home Missions and supported by Global Ministries/Division of Overseas Ministries, the Church is asked to consider a program of worship, study, repentance, advocacy and rest aimed at reducing our carbon output. Sense-of-the-Assembly, 12 minutes

GA-1725

RECOGNITION OF THE REGION OF CANADA AS A TRADITIONALLY UNDERREPRESENTED CULTURAL COMMUNITY

The Region of Canada and Sugarbush Christian Church of Guelph, ON, submit a resolution calling on the Church to fully support inclusion of the congregations in Canada in materials, participation and governance and to become more aware of Canadian culture. Operational, Policy and Organizational, 12 minutes

GA-1726

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE DESIGN OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST): CLARITY ON THE ROLE OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINISTRIES IN THE DESIGN

The General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) submits this item from its Governance Committee to the General Assembly. Please see the full text online for details of revised language for Paragraph 69 of The Design. Operational, Policy and Organizational, 12 minutes

GA-1727

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE DESIGN OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST): RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE RACIST LANGUAGE AUDIT TASK FORCE

The General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) submits this item from its Governance Committee to the General Assembly. Please see the full text online for details of revised paragraphs 12, 25, 31, 38, 41, 48, 51, 79 and 80 of The Design. Operational, Policy and Organizational, 12 minutes

 GA-1728

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE DESIGN OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST): REMOVAL OF CONGREGATIONS FROM THE YEARBOOK AND DIRECTORY FOR CAUSE OR INACTIVITY

The General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) submits this item from its Governance Committee to the General Assembly. Please see the full text online for details of revised Paragraph 9 and Endnote 1 of The Design. Operational, Policy and Organizational, 12 minutes

 GA-1729

REPORT OF THE TIME AND PLACE COMMITTEE

The General Board forwards the recommendation that the 2019 General Assembly be held in Des Moines, IA on July 20-24, 2019. Operational, Policy and Organizational, 12 minutes

GA-1730

REPORT FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE OF THE GENERAL BOARD

The General Assembly Committee of the General Board has a two-fold responsibility. First  – it is the General Board committee responsible for recommending the location for future General Assemblies.  Secondly, it follows up on approved or referred resolutions which contained actionable items from the previous General Assembly and report back to the current General Assembly. No action required, 12 minutes

 GA-1731

SOCIAL WITNESS TASK FORCE PROGRESS REPORT

The task force, which has been examining a process for discussion of and education about important religious, ethical and social issues, offers a progress report based on their two years of study. A draft of a process is included in the report online and in the docket. No action required, 12 minutes

 GA-1732

STEWARDSHIP AS A SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE AND ITS APPLICATIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

At the 2015 General Assembly, the Center for Faith and Giving was authorized to write a study document on stewardship as a spiritual discipline. The resulting study document is being put forward for issuance to the Church by the 2017 General Assembly. Included are biblical reflections, chapters on care for the earth and ourselves, generosity and transformation. The Church is invited to enter into a season of study and consider recommendations in the document. Issued for study, 12 minutes

 GA-1733

CHANGE IN REGIONAL BOUNDARIES: SOUTHWEST AND KANSAS

First Christian Church in Liberal, KS, and the Southwest and Kansas regions request that First Christian be included in the Kansas region. Operational, Policy and Organizational, 12 minutes

GA-1734

ELECTION OF THE GENERAL MINISTER AND PRESIDENT

The General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) forwards the name of Teresa Hord Owens to be elected as General Minister and President for a term of 6 years. Operational, Policy and Organizational, 12 minutes. Please note: voting will be by paper ballot.

 GA-1735

GENERAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT FOR OFFICERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The slate of officers nominated include first vice moderator, second vice-moderator and moderator-elect. Their terms are for the 2017-2019 biennium. In addition, a number of other positions are included. Operational, Policy and Organizational, 12 minutes.

 GA-1736

REPORT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FUTURING TASK FORCE

The Administrative Committee created a task force to examine the future of the General Assembly event. The team reviewed existing survey information and determined several recommended actions for organizers of the event. No action required, 12 minutes

Voting Representatives

from paragraph 38 of The Design

All members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who register for the General Assembly shall have all privileges of the Assembly, except that voting privileges shall be limited to the following:

  • Voting representatives from congregations. Each congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) shall be entitled to have two voting representatives, plus one additional voting representative for each 100 participating members, or major fraction thereof, over the first 100. These voting representatives from congregations shall be in addition to persons holding standing in the Order of Ministry.
  • Voting representatives from regions. Each region shall be entitled to have a minimum of three voting representatives for the first 1,000 members, as stated in the most recent Yearbook. In addition, each region may have an additional representative for each 1,000 participating members, or major fraction thereof, within the region. These voting representatives from regions shall be in addition to persons holding standing in the Order of Ministry. The voting representatives from each region shall include women and men, young adults ages 18 to 30, and youth under the age of 18.The Design for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Ministers. Persons holding standing in the Order of Ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in accordance with the policies and criteria established by the General Assembly through its General Commission on Ministry.
  • Exceptions. Members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) not otherwise voting members, who are the chief administrative officers of institutions of higher education and general ministries that are recognized by the General Assembly; members of the General Board not otherwise voting members; and former Moderators and Vice Moderators not otherwise voting members.