General Assembly 2017: Overview

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The 2017 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland took place in Assembly Buildings in Belfast from Monday evening, 5th June and closed on Friday, 9th June.

Attended by approximately 1,000 ministers and elders from the Church’s 500-plus congregations across Ireland, members discussed and debated nearly 100 resolutions over three and a half days.

In this section you will find information relating to the 2017 General Assembly.

Assembly Business

Details of each day’s business before the General Assembly can be found here.

The Blue Book & Annual Reports

The reports and corresponding resolutions that will be discussed and debated during the course of the week can be found here.

Additional reports and resolutions written since the The Blue Book went to print can be found here in the Supplementary Reports. These will be uploaded when they are published.

Daily Minutes

After the close of business each day draft Daily Minutes:

Today at the Assembly

You will find a short news story about each day’s business here:

Yesterday at the Assembly

You will find a short news story reviewing the previous day’s business here:

News stories

You can read the news stories that relate to the 2017 General Assembly here:

  1. New Moderator: We need to share the Good News

  2. Meet Dr. McNeely

  3. All welcome to Wednesday Night Celebration

  4. General Assembly opens next week

  5. Moderator: ‘It’s been a privilege to serve’

  6. Incoming Moderator receives honorary degree

  7. County Down minister to be next Moderator


General Assembly video

To get a a sense of the of the 2017 General Assembly, including the installation of the Moderator, Rt. Rev. Dr. Noble McNeely, times of worship and debate, fringe meetings and general atmosphere, you can watch this short video.


You can read the blogs that relate to the 2017 General Assembly here:

  1. The view from the chair
  2. A privilege to serve

You can review General Assembly Tweets @pciassembly using the hashtag #PCIGA17.

2017 Summary Report

The General Assembly Summary Report contains details of some of the decisions that that were taken at the 2017 General Assembly. While not a formal annual report as such, it contains over 50 articles and features across 44-pages providing a flavour of the diverse work that the Church has been engaged in since the previous General Assembly in 2016.

Copies of the Summary Report  can be downloaded here. Limited numbers in a hard copy format are also available from Assembly Buildings in Belfast.

2018 General Assembly

The 2018 General Assembly will take place from the evening of Monday, 4th June with the formal election and installation of the new Moderator. Business will commence on Tuesday morning and will close on Friday, 8th June #PCIGA18