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What is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation?

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.

Click here to read the A Corp Bylaws