The Presbyterian Church (USA) has just approved a new Form of Government for our denomination. It will take the place of the old Form of Government in the Book of Order, effective July 10, 2011. This “nFOG” as it has been called, has some significant implications for the life and work of the church. Read more for links to both the official PC(USA) press release, and the response of several renewal groups to this change.
Official PC(USA) news release about nFOG:
A variety of links highlighting negative changes in our new FOG:
The truth is that no one knows what the impact of nFOG will be on churches like ours. On the one hand, those who wrote it believe that it will provide more flexibility for churches and presbyteries to do ministry by making the Book of Order less like a policy manual and more like a simple constitution. But, the same folks also affirm that for the nFOG to work, it must be based on mutual trust within the PC(USA) – something that is sorely lacking and can’t be created by changing the Book of Order. At its best, the nFOG elevates to constitutional status our sessions right to direct the financial giving of the congregation – giving us even greater constitutional foundation for withholding per capita. At its worst, it seems to remove many due-process guarantees that might protect a church or pastor in conflict with their presbytery.
We shall see!