Cases Without Full Process

  1. When a person comes before a court as his own accuser, it may proceed to judgment without full process, determining, first, what offense, if any, has been committed, and, if it appears that an offense has been committed, what censure should be pronounced.
  2. When a communicant informs the session that he does not desire to remain in the fellowship of the church, the session shall first seek to help him overcome his difficulties. If these efforts fail, the session shall take no other action than to erase his name from the roll. When a member unites with another church without a certificate of dismission, the session shall erase his name from the roll and record the reason in its minutes. When a member removes from the bounds of the congregation and cannot be found, the session shall, after two years, erase his name from the roll, recording the reason in its minutes. When the session has information concerning the new residence of a member who has removed from the bounds of the congregation, the clerk shall communicate with the session of the particular church of the Bible Presbyterian Church nearest to the member, in order that he may not be lost to the church.
  3. When a minister renounces the jurisdiction of the Bible Presbyterian Church by abandoning his ministry and membership therein, or by declaring himself independent, or by joining another body not deemed heretical without a regular dismission, the presbytery shall erase his name from its roll and record the reason in its minutes. If a minister joins a body deemed heretical, his name shall be erased from the roll and all particular churches, all churches with which this church is in correspondence, and the public generally so far as possible shall be notified that he has ceased to be a minister of this church and has abandoned the faith of the church catholic. When a minister has been absent from the meetings of presbytery for two years and the presbytery after diligent search is unable to find him, his name shall be erased from the roll.
  4. When a minister shall ask to be relieved of the office of the holy ministry, the presbytery shall require him to wait one year, and meanwhile shall labor with him diligently to ascertain whether his proposed action is necessary and proper. If at the end of a year his desire is unchanged and the presbytery is satisfied as to the sufficiency of his reasons, the presbytery shall record the facts in its minutes and erase his name from the roll.
  5. Book of Discipline of the Bible Presbyterian Church, General Synod ©1998 Amended by the 55th, 56th, and 58th General Synods of the Bible Presbyterian Church.