Commission of Assembly
The Commission of Assembly is formed from around one-tenth of the Commissioners who attended a General Assembly. It can take decisions in place of the General Assembly in certain situations.
The current Commission of Assembly was appointed by the General Assembly of 2019. With the cancellation of the 2020 General Assembly due to COVID-19, it was decided that the membership of the current Commission would continue in their appointments. The Commission would also take decisions characterised as “straightforward, time-critical and non-controversial” in order to keep the Church's business moving on.
Details of the Commission's meetings and the decisions taken can be found below.
Read the full Legal Questions report and deliverance
Proposed items of business
- Elect the Rev Dr Martin Fair (Arbroath: St Andrew’s) as Moderator of the General Assembly 2020-2021
- Pass Acts uniting (1) the Presbyteries of Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, and St Andrews to form the Presbytery of Fife, (2) the Presbyteries of Aberdeen and Shetland to form the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland, and (3) the Presbyteries of Dumbarton and Greenock & Paisley to form the Presbytery of Clyde
- Agree that membership of the Social Care Council will with effect from 1 June 2020 be reduced to 12 in accordance with a revised nomination process
- Make certain appointments to Standing Committees as proposed by the Nomination Committee, and to Trusts as requested by these Trusts
- Agree that the Ecumenical Relations Committee shall act on behalf of the General Assembly in the dissolution of Local Ecumenical Partnerships
- Amend the process for appointing the Committee to Nominate the Moderator and ask the Nomination Committee to populate that Committee, so that it can select a Moderator for 2021-2022
- Amend the Income Protection and Ill-Health Act (Act VI 2019) to reflect Income Protection provision commencing at 78 weeks rather than 52
Read the full report
Minute of the Commission
- Read the Assembly Trustees chairman Very Rev John Chalmers' speech to the Commission
- View the deliverances to the Commission of Assembly 21 November 2019
- Read more about the criteria for nomination to the two new agencies of the Church of Scotland
Serving our local congregations
During this first phase of changes, the Assembly Trustees have been under instruction by the General Assembly to bring forward proposals to merge the current four councils (Ministries, Mission and Discipleship, World Mission, and Church and Society) into two new agencies.
John Chalmers, Convener of the Assembly Trustees, said:
The Assembly Trustees’ proposals
- Approve the merger of the Ministries Council with the Mission and Discipleship Council under the working title of ‘Faith Nurture Forum’ to take effect from 1 January 2020
- Approve the merger of the Church and Society Council and the World Mission Council under the working title of ‘Faith Impact Forum’ to take effect from 1 January 2020
- Instruct the Assembly Trustees to work with the two new agencies to propose to the 2020 General Assembly detailed remits setting out: which parts of their existing work will be carried out by the two new agencies, which parts are no longer necessary to be carried out, and which parts should be carried out by presbyteries instead
- Instruct the Assembly Trustees to work with the two new agencies to propose to the 2020 General Assembly how the work of each Forum is to be prioritised from June 2020
- Approve that Ecumenical Relations and the Theological Forum sit within the management and departmental structure of the 'Faith Nurture Forum'
- Approve that Interfaith work sits within the management, departmental structure and policy framework of the 'Faith Impact Forum'
- Approve the remit of the Audit Committee, as set out within the report's Appendix II