General Assembly

Free Church of Scotland 

Recent Assembly Reports

The main Boards and Committees present Reports about the work that has been done and the plans that are being made for the future.

Watch 2021 General Assembly

This year’s General Assembly took place online from Monday 17th – Thursday 20th May 2021. 

Acts of Assembly 1900 - Present

The way our church operates is governed by legislation contained in Acts of Assembly which are published each year after the General Assembly.

About the General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body in the Free Church of Scotland and meets for a week in Edinburgh every May to discuss church business and set policy. 

Normally there are around 80 commissioners, made up of Free Church ministers and elders from different Presbyteries and congregations across Scotland, as well as missionaries from overseas. 

The business is chaired by the Moderator, who is appointed for a one-year term. 

There will usually be an address from the Lord High Commissioner – Her Majesty The Queen’s representative to the General Assembly – as well as speeches from esteemed guests from other organisations.

Next General Assembly:  Monday 23rd of May 2022 at 6 PM. 

Rev Neil MacMillan

Current Moderator

Download Assembly Reports

Each year, the main Boards and Committees present Reports to the General Assembly. These are written to inform the church about the work that has been taking place and the plans that are being made for the future. The Reports also contain a ‘Deliverance’, which is a list of items to be incorporated into our church’s legislation. You can download the Reports from recent General Assemblies below.

Watch 2021 General Assembly

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Acts of Assembly 1900 - Present

Every year the Free Church of Scotland General Assembly passes a set of acts – decisions made by the Assembly which translate into rules governing points of procedure. You can explore over 100 years of Assembly Acts here, providing both a fascinating insight into the history of the Free Church and a clearer understanding of the ongoing work and functioning of the church today.

Search Acts in Force

The Ministry Matters website contains a Digest of Assembly legislation which are in force and relevant. Any amendments have been incorporated into the Acts. 

  • You can use the search box for a general search.
  • You can search by subject (i.e., tag) using the subject drop down box to the right.
  • You can search by year (i.e., category) using the year drop down box to the right.

Past Moderator's Addresses

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Neil MacMillan (2021)

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Donald G. Macdonald (2019)

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Angus MacRae (2018)

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Derek Lamont (2017)

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David Robertson (2015)

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David Miller (2014)