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Act 42, 2017 (XLII) – Act anent Arrangements for Resident Supply. 25th May 2017.

1.  The General Assembly direct that Presbyteries should approve of any arrangement proposed by a congregation for locally appointed resident supply and that Presbyteries should liaise with the Board of Ministry before approving any local arrangement placing a non-ordained person or a minister of another church in charge of a pastoral ministry.

2.  They declare that no candidate for the ministry be appointed to such a post without the agreement of the Presbytery and the Board of Ministry.

3.  They instruct Presbyteries to have particular regard to ensure that those appointed are of good character, are able to teach God’s word, that their circumstances permit them to take on this appointment, that they are subject to appropriate pastoral oversight and discipline and that they will uphold the teachings of the Reformed faith.