Act 2, 1995 (II) (Class 1) – Act anent Admission of Ministers and Probationers from other Denominations or Churches. 24th May 1995.

The General Assembly, with consent of a majority of Presbyteries, enact and ordain that:

Whereas it is desirable that the Admission of Ministers and Probationers from other denominations or churches should be effected by the General Assembly, it is hereby enacted and ordained that:

1. No minister or probationer of another denomination or church shall be received to the standing of a minister or probationer of this Church without an unqualified subscription of the Formula.

2. No minister or probationer of another denomination or church shall be received to the standing of a minister or probationer of this Church without the authority of the General Assembly.

3. Every application to be received to the standing of a minister or probationer of this Church shall be made to the Presbytery within whose bounds the applicant has his ordinary residence; or, if the applicant’s residence be not within a Presbytery of this Church, it shall be made to a Presbytery to whose members the applicant is well known.

4. Every presbytery to which an application is made to be received to the standing of a minister or probationer of the Free Church of Scotland shall transmit it to the General Assembly through the Admissions Committee by means of a fully completed Application Schedule.

5. The Admissions Committee shall prepare a twofold Application Schedule, one part to be completed by the Applicant and the other by the Presbytery and attested by their Clerk. As well as containing requests for such information from the applicant and the Presbytery as the Admissions Committee deem appropriate, this schedule shall require that (a) the applicant indicate his willingness to subscribe to the questions put to licentiates, these questions being incorporated in full in the Schedule; and (b) the Presbytery state that they are satisfied as to the knowledge they have of the applicant’s religion, theological views, character, background and gifts, and that they recommend his application to the favourable consideration of the General Assembly.

6. Before considering an application for admission to the ministry of the Free Church of Scotland, the Admissions Committee shall obtain a report from one of the Committee’s panel of medical examiners on the applicant’s state of health and medical fitness for the ministry.

7. The Admissions Committee shall consider the application and medical report and shall forward to the Assembly Clerk the Application Form together with an extract minute detailing the Committee’s recommendation to the General Assembly in relation to the application.

8. The General Assembly repeal Act I, Class I, 1941, Act I, Class I, 1980 and Act XXI, Class II, 1991

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