General Assembly Frequently Asked Questions
What is General Assembly?
General Assembly is an annual business meeting of the Presbyterian Church in America. The denomination’s pastors (Teaching Elders) and church leaders (Ruling Elders) gather to study, discuss, debate, and decide biblical and ministry issues. Visitors are welcome to observe the proceedings and may sit in the visitor’s section of the Assembly Hall.
Where will the 49th General Assembly be held in 2022?
In 2022, the 49th General Assembly will be held at Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, 1 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203. General Assembly is held in a different location each year.
Where can I find information about the 48th General Assembly?
Who may register?
BCO 14-2 specifies that all teaching elders in good standing with their Presbyteries may attend as commissioners. It also allows sessions to send two (2) ruling elder commissioners for the first 350 communicant members or fraction thereof, and one (1) additional ruling elder commissioner for each additional 500 communicant members or fraction thereof.
Can I attend General Assembly as a visitor?
Visitors are welcome to join us for worship, visit the exhibit hall, attend one of our seminars (if space available) or observe the assembly proceedings from the visitor’s section. We ask that all visitors check-in at the General Assembly registration booth and obtain a visitor’s name badge. A name badge is not necessary to join us for worship.
Can I volunteer at General Assembly!
We love our volunteers! You may register to be a Floor Clerk, Worship Usher, Communion Elder, Tote Bag Helper, etc. Our Birmingham Host Committee has volunteer needs as well! Please go to: https://pcaga.org/resources/#volunteer for more information about volunteering your time for General Assembly!
When will I receive the General Assembly Information Book?
The General Assembly Information Book will be available after commissioner registration opens, containing:
- Hotel and travel information
- Schedule of events
- Women’s and family information
- List of local churches and worship information
After registration and payment are received and processed, a paper copy of the Information Book will be mailed out. If a church registers its commissioners – the information book may be sent to the church address rather than to the individual commissioner. If a church registers its commissioners as Unknown – the information booklet will be mailed out once the church provides the individual’s names.
An onsite edition of the Information Book will be provided at check-in containing:
- Updated Schedule of events
- Exhibit Hall information
- Seminar Information
- Local attractions and miscellaneous information
When will I have access to the Commissioner Handbook?
This item is available for you to download in the weeks prior to General Assembly. Login information for the 2022, 49th Commissioner Handbook will be sent to registered commissioners at least one month prior to General Assembly. If you do not receive yours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who will the Exhibit Hall include?
The Exhibit Hall will have representatives from denominational ministries, as well as many para-church ministries, educational institutions, and businesses. The exhibitors are available to provide information resources and assistance to commissioners, their families, and the public. The PCA Bookstore will also set up a large display and offer special discounts throughout the week. For other Exhibitor questions, contact us at email@example.com.
Who may register as an exhibitor?
Organizations approved by the Administrative Committee Board may register to exhibit at General Assembly (see the New Exhibitor web page for details regarding approval). The Administrative Committee Board meets three times a year to consider organizations seeking approval. For other exhibitor questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I receive hotel information?
Discounted hotel information is provided to all commissioners and exhibitors after their registration payment is received and processed. Hotel information will be available via a web link in the confirmation email, as well as via mail in the General Assembly Information Book.