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

Business procedures as told by Parlimentarian Bill Bailey

Voter Credentialing

 

 2019 Docket

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.)

Voting representatives will be credentialed on site during the check-in process.

View business items from past General Assemblies.

 

Seating Chart  Order of Business

 

adopted GA-1917 CREATION OF A NEW REGION IN MONTANA AND THE NORTHWEST (CHANGE IN REGIONAL BOUNDARIES)
adopted GA-1918 REPORT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE – TIME AND PLACE (2021)
adopted GA-1919 REPORT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE – TIME AND PLACE (2023)
received GA-1920 REPORT ON 2017 GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTIONS
received GA-1921 REPORT FROM THE SOCIAL WITNESS TASK FORCE
adopted GA-1922 RESOLUTION ON FULL COMMUNION BETWEEN THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA AND THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
adopted GA-1923 RECOMMENDED LANGUAGE FOR PREVENTION OF HARASSMENT FOR GENERAL MINISTRIES OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)
adopted GA-1924  RESOLUTION TO CELEBRATE THE FORMATION OF NEW CONGREGATIONS AND CONTINUE THE COLLECTIVE COMMITMENT TO MAKE DISCIPLES
adopted GA-1925 ADDRESSING THE STATE OF GLOBAL FORCED MIGRATION
adopted GA-1926 SPIRIT OF ACTIVE LISTENING
adopted GA-1927 CONCERNING THE REOPENING OF THE U.S. EMBASSY IN CUBA, ENDING THE U.S. EMBARGO AGAINST THE ISLAND, AND PROMOTING A CONSTRUCTIVE RELATION BETWEEN BOTH COUNTRIES
adopted GA-1928 A CALL TO SEE AND RESPOND TO THE CRISIS OF DOMESTIC AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
adopted GA-1929 AN INVITATION TO EDUCATION FOR WELCOMING AND RECEIVING THE GIFTS OF TRANSGENDER AND GENDER-DIVERSE PEOPLE
adopted GA-1930 ON WOMEN AND JUST PEACEMAKING
adopted GA-1931 REPORT OF THE GENERAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE 
adopted GA-1932 ACKNOWLEDGING THE COVENANTAL AFFILIATION OF TOUGALOO COLLEGE AND REAFFIRMING OUR COMMITMENT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
adopted GA-1934 DECLARING THAT IMPARTIALLY PROVIDING FOR THE BASIC HUMAN NEEDS OF OTHERS IS A VIRTUE CONSISTENT WITH DISCIPLES TRADITION
adopted GA-1935 CONCERNING STEEP REDUCTIONS IN OVERALL REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT ARRIVALS TO THE UNITED STATES

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.