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‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’ Romans 10:13

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

General Assembly Committees 

 

Australian Presbyterian World Mission Committee – Western Australia 

 

Convenor: Rt. Rev. Darrell Thatcher 

M: 0407 432 618 

 

Braemar Presbyterian Care Committee 

 

Convenor: Rt. Rev. Darrell Thatcher 

M: 0407 432 618 

 

Business and Code Committee 

 

Convenor: Hon. William (Bill) MacRae 

M: 0400 244 246 

 

Finance Committee 

 

Convenor: Mr. Chris Woonings 

M: 0428 665 123  

 

Theological Education Committee 

 

Convenor: Rt. Rev Stuart Bonnington

M: 0400 012 865 

 

Youth Committee 

 

Convenor: Rev. Ben Wingard 

M: 0429 127 177

 

 

THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA The PCWA is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, in direct historic continuity with the Church in Scotland as reformed in 1560, and a constituent part of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. Christianity in its Presbyterian expression came in its initial form to Western Australia in 1829 with the arrival of members of the Church of Scotland along with the first European settlers.  The spiritual roots of world-wide Presbyterianism go back to work and preaching of John Calvin and John Knox at the time of the Reformation.  The Reformers saw themselves as being in spiritual continuity with the people of God in biblical days. The formal origin of the PCWA dates from the foundation in 1892 of the Presbytery of Western Australia.  At first the Presbytery of Western Australia was under the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria (PCV). In 1901, following the astonishing population growth associated with the Goldrush, the Presbytery of Western Australia was re-organised into three Presbyteries under the newly formed General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Western Australia, which entered the Federal Union of the 24 July 1901 in order to bring into existence the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

 

POWERS AND DUTIES As a constituent part of the PCA, the PCWA has and exercises such powers, discharges such duties and enjoys such rights and privileges as are provided for in the Basis of Union and the Articles of Agreement contained in the Scheme of Union of the 24 July 1901 and in subsequent amendments. The PCWA has full autonomy in all matters, in so far as power relative to any particular matter has been assigned to the General Assembly of Australia (GAA) under the Basis of Union and the Articles of Agreement contained in the Scheme of Union of the 24 July 1901 and in subsequent amendments.  Matters in respect to which the powers of the PCWA are modified in more or less degree by those of the PCA are: The Doctrine, Worship and Discipline of the Church, World Mission, Home Mission especially in the Inland, Training of Students for the Ministry, Reception of Ministers from other Churches, Christian Education, the publication of a National Journal and other functions assigned by the State Churches to the PCA. DOCTRINE The Supreme Standard of the Church is the Word of God written, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, which the PCWA regards as the only rule of faith and practice. The Subordinate Standard of the Church is the Westminster Confession of Faith as amended by the GAA.  It is read in the light of the Declaratory Statement contained in the Basis of Union given in the Scheme of Union. WORSHIP Worship, the Book of Common Order of the PCA has been approved as a guide to the orderly Administration of the Sacraments and other aspects of the Worship of the Church.  The Westminster Directory of Worship may also be consulted for guidance. DISCIPLINE Discipline is exercised for the spiritual good of the offender, the purity of the Church and the glory of God by those appointed to rule in the Church and is administered in a spirit of faithfulness, love and tenderness.  The processes of discipline are set out in the Code of the PCA. GOVERNMENT The only King and Head of the Church is the Lord Jesus Christ from whom all its powers and prerogatives are derived, so that all its functions are to be exercised in his Name, under the guidance of his Word and Spirit, and in subjection to His authority alone. The spiritual oversight of the congregation and the PCWA is vested in duly ordained presbyters, chosen by communicants and sitting in representative courts, designated Sessions, Presbyteries and General Assemblies in gradation of authority in the order named.  The temporal affairs of the congregation are administered by office-bearers, chosen by the communicants and adherents.