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Act 38, 2015 (XXXVIII) – Act anent Scripture Examinations and Presbyterial Oversight of Students. 21st May 2015.

The General Assembly approve of the general principles set out in Appendix Two to the Report of the Board of Ministry anent Scripture Examinations and presbyterial oversight of candidates for the ministry, namely that an annual written scripture examination shall be set and marked by the Board of Ministry, covering the whole Bible in three years, with some biblical books set for private study and some set for written examination and that presbyteries shall examine candidates orally on the doctrine of Shorter Catechism and the Westminster Confession of Faith and on books in practical and pastoral theology recommended by the Board of Ministry according to a three year schedule. The General Assembly enact and ordain that these shall be the regulations for Scripture Examinations and Presbytery oversight of students from this General Assembly, and empower the Board of Ministry to modify and publish amended regulations from time to time consistent with these general principles. Candidates already under the care of a Presbytery may elect to follow the previous syllabus for Presbytery oversight for one year only, by arrangement with their Presbytery. The General Assembly repeal Act XXXVI, 2011, Act XXVI 2003, Act XXIII, 2002, and any other Acts inconsistent with this new Act.