General Assembly 2021: Overview

23.9.2021 | General Assembly, GA2021,

The 2021 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland took place in Assembly Buildings, Belfast from Monday, 4 October and closed on Wednesday, 6 October.

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The General Assembly is the denomination’s governing and decision-making body and the highest court of the Church - decisions taken by Members of Assembly will set the direction for the life and ministry of PCI over the coming year and beyond.

In a change to the traditional format of recent General Assemblies, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it met for three days with the necessary Covid mitigations in place. Only full voting members attended in person this year, thereby ensuring the necessary social distancing required at the city centre venue.

Overview of the 2021 General Assembly

In this section you will find information relating to the 2021 General Assembly: general information, news releases, statements, and Assembly business.

Guide to Assembly Procedure

You can find a guide to Assembly procedure here.

Assembly Business

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

The Blue Book and Annual Reports

The reports and corresponding resolutions that weren discussed and debated during the course of the week can be found here. Historically they are known as the 'Blue Book'. 

Supplementary Reports

Any licensed Supplementary Reports issued can be downloaded by clicking here.

Media Relations

General Assembly Previews 

You can find a news story about each day’s business and the issues before the General Assembly here:

For all the formal report of the business before the Assembly and the decisions that were taken, Draft Daily Minutes will be published in due course.

Media Relations

General news stories concerning the 2021 General Assembly

You can read general news stories that relate to the 2021 General Assembly here:

General news stories concerning the cancelled 2020 General Assembly

You can read general news stories that relate to last year's cancelled General Assembly, the work of the 2020 Standing Commission of the General Assembly and the initial election of Dr Bruce here:


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


In a special podcast, 'Lets talk about the General Assembly' hosted by Neil Harrison, PCI's Mission Development Officer, the Moderator, Clerk and the Secretary to the Council for Global Mission, Rev Uel Marrs, discuss the practicalities of what to expect next week and some of the themes being discussed this year.