General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body in the Free Church of Scotland and meets for a week in Edinburgh every May to discuss church business and set policy. 

Normally there are around 80 commissioners, made up of Free Church ministers and elders from different Presbyteries and congregations across Scotland, as well as missionaries from overseas. 

The business is chaired by the Moderator, who is appointed for a one-year term. 

There will usually be an address from the Lord High Commissioner – Her Majesty The Queen’s representative to the General Assembly – as well as speeches from esteemed guests from other organisations. 

You can watch proceedings live via the Free Church website – which also hosts the reports and Assembly timetable.