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A Radical Assembly

​A condensed version of Life & Work outlining the discussions and decisions taken at General Assembly is available from here . We strongly encourage and suggest you take some time to read this as it will have an affect overall on the Church of Scotland. If you have any thoughts on this please feed this back to your elder, or directly to us via the email link on this page or PM is via Facebook, your participation is greatly appreciated.

A amongst the thing that will be happening are;

  • Up to £25m to be spent on projects aimed at church growth, with particular emphasis on church planting
  • 100 new worshipping communities to be established
  • Focus on engaging with people under 40
  • Cost of central administration to be cut by up to 30%: four councils to be merged into two
  • Number of Scottish presbyteries to be reduced from 43 to about 12, focused on supporting local congregations in their ministry and mission
  • Networks, hubs and other new local church structures to be developed
  • Kirk Sessions to be reduced in size and focused on ‘leadership and strategic decision-making’
  • Decision-making and resources to be devolved from the central administration to regional and local levels
  • No congregation to pay more to the centre after next year until new arrangements are agreed
  • Land and buildings plan to focus on ‘well equipped spaces in the right places’. Money from sale of redundant buildings to be shared between
  • congregations
  • Improved training and support for all ministry and leadership roles
  • General Assembly to be made smaller
  • Encouragement of a season of ‘prayer and preparation’ across the Church from September to December 2019