The General Assembly amend Act 24, 1989 anent Consultation with Presbyteries by the Church Extension and Sustentation Committee as amended by Act 10, Class 2, 2009 anent Consultation with Presbyteries, to read:
The General Assembly, considering that the Mission Board should be informed of proposals before Presbyteries affecting charges within their bounds, so that a good working relationship may be maintained between Presbyteries and the Board enact that:
1. The Board, their Executive, or the Mission Director on behalf of the Board, shall jointly hold discussions with each Presbytery at least once every three years in relation to the Presbytery’s strategic plan and regarding proposals connected with the number and type of charges within their bounds, and particularly regarding situations which might lead to petitions for locally subsidised charges, alternative ministerial arrangements or church plant status.
2. Each Presbytery shall prepare an outline of its proposals to form the basis for such discussions;
3. Whenever a Presbytery by readjusting congregational bounds can release manpower resources presently employed, then that Presbytery may urge a prior claim to use within its bounds the resources so made available, and the Board shall take this into account when considering applications for redevelopment and church extension status etc.