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Act 30, 2017 (XXX) – Act anent Theological Training for North America Candidates for the Ministry. 25th May 2017.

The  General  Assembly,  recognising  the  costs  and  family  implications  regarding  candidates  for  the  Free  Church  Ministry resident in North America and undertaking their studies for the ministry in Scotland, ordain as follows.

1.  They instruct the Board of Ministry to treat applications from such candidates on a case-by-case basis.

2.  The  direct  that  arrangements  be  made  for  requisite  theological  training  to  take  place  in  North  America  with supplemental and essential material such as the Free Church ministry module being taught by distance learning under the oversight of Edinburgh Theological Seminary.

3.  They further direct that, in exceptional cases, arrangements be made for some elements of the requisite theological training, along with supplemental and essential material such as the Free Church ministry module, to be undertaken at the Edinburgh Theological Seminary in Scotland.

4.  They instruct the Board of Ministry to make suitable arrangements to meet the requirements of the student’s placement element of preparation for the ministry on a case-by-case basis.