For many years A Corp was a part of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and its predecessor bodies. The PMA board and the A Corp board were the same. The 223rd (2018) General Assembly separated the corporate and business functions from the PMA, freeing the PMA to focus exclusively on mission.
The bylaws of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation state:
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation is the principal Corporation of and established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to facilitate the management of its corporate affairs, as provided in the Form of Government of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and was originally formed on March 28, 1799 by Act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation is subject to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the direction of the General Assembly. The General Assembly may alter, amend, expand, revoke or otherwise change any authority granted to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation. No amendment or change to the bylaws of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation shall be effective until approved and ratified by the General Assembly.
A Corp is governed by an 11-member board of directors, elected by the General Assembly using a process outlined in the A Corp bylaws. The board has the following representation for directors:
Is A Corp an entity of the General Assembly, like PMA, OGA, the Board of Pensions, the Foundation, Investment and Loan, and Presbyterian Publishing?
The Board of Pensions, Foundation, Investment and Loan, OGA, PMA and Publishing are agencies of the General Assembly. The A Corporation is an entity of the General Assembly - the corporate/business function that supports the whole work of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
What is the Administrative Services Group (ASG)?
The Administrative Services Group (ASG) is the business office of A Corp. The ASG exists to help ministry flourish. We do that by earning the trust of our clients every day, focusing on client needs and delivering service that is successful, simple, sustainable and safe.
Whom does ASG support?
The ASG’s primary clients are the General Assembly itself, the Office of the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency. The ASG’s other clients are the Investment and Loan Program, Presbyterian Publishing and Presbyterian Women.
What does ASG do?
The business support functions of ASG are:
Click here to see the ASG Leadership Team
To whom is ASG accountable?
ASG is accountable to the A Corporation Board of Directors and ultimately to the General Assembly.
Does ASG hold other agencies accountable?
ASG provides financial and management information to its clients to aid in their decision-making processes. The respective clients are accountable to their boards and to the General Assembly for their actions and decisions, not to the A Corp Board.