EPCSA Structure

The structure of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Africa is in three fold, that is, the Parish, representing a or a number of congregations that are governed by one Consistory; the Presbytery,  the body constituted by representatives of the Parishes of a region, the bounds of which have been determined by Synod; and the Synod, the supreme body of the Church consistituted by ministers and evangelists in active service, elders from the Parishes, the General Secretary, the General Treasurer and the Presbytery Treasurers.

The Parish

Christians gathered in one place constitute a congregation and a number of congregations governed by one Consistory constitute a Parish. One of the congregations in the Parish may be designated as headquarters, in cases where there is more than one congregation. A new Parish may be formed when it become apparent to a Parish that one or a group of its congregations has developed sufficiently to warrant a change in status and the creation of a new pastoral post. The formation of a new Parish is approved by the Synod in collaboration with the Presbytery in which the Parish is to be governed. The control of the Parish is exercised through the Consistory of that Parish, chaired by the minister appointed by Synod in consultation with the Presbytery concerned. The chair of the consistory, that is, the minister, is responsible for reporting to Presbytery on matters pertaining to the Parish in his or her care.

The requirement of a Parish is that its must be served by a minister it has called or allocated, governed by its own Consistory, represented on Presbytery and at Synod by its own appointed delegates, able to participate in all schemes of the Church as instructed by Synod, and able to raise sufficient income to cover all its expenses.


The Presbytery

The Presbytery is the body constituted by representatives of the Parishes of a region, the bounds of which have been determined by Synod. It deals with such matters as are brought before it by the Consistories within its region and serves both the Consistories and Synod. Members of Presbytery consists of all workers of the Church stationed within the bounds of the Presbytery; the delegates from Consistories to Synod; representatives of structures of the Church residing within the bounds of the Presbytery; the treasurer of each Consistory within the bounds of the Presbytery; and retired Church workers (who may attend Presbytery meetings as associate members).

The Presbytery discusses all matters pertaining to the life of the Churches within its bounds, the activities of Church structures within its bounds, to evangelisation and proclamation of the Word, to the extension of the activities of the Church, and all matters pertaining to the witness and service of the CHURCH in the community. It also ensures that the Consistories act according to the constitution and procedures of the Church and that there be co-operation between the Church and its structures. The Presbytery also examines the budgets of Parishes within its bounds, all yearly accounts, means of concerting on contributions; creates special funds for its own and for departmental activities and supervises the state and maintenance of church buildings within its bounds. It examines any request or petition from Consistories for referral to Synod.

The Synod

The Supreme BODY of the Church is the Synod and its decisions are binding on the whole Church. Members of Synod consist of ministers and evangelists in active service, elders from the Parishes, the General Secretary, the General Treasurer and the Presbytery Treasurers. Structures of the Church are also represented in the Synod with retired members invited as well. The Synod is lead by the Moderator elected from among its members.

Synod examines and discusses all matters pertaining to the life of the Church; the faith and worship of the Church; the teaching of the Church and to Christian Education; the witness and service of the Church in the community; the structures of the Church; training for ministry; all operations of the various funds of the Church; the ownership of property and buildings by the Church; the constitution and procedures laid down by the Church; and any other matter pertaining or affecting the life of the Church.

The Executive Committee of Synod consists of the Moderator, the General Secretary, the General Treasurer. the Chairmen of Finance, Ministerial Training and Church Extension Committees, and two representatives per Presbytery.