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About the Southern New England Presbytery

The Presbyterian Church in America is governed through a three level heirachy: the General Assembly, the Presbytery, and the local church Session. The General Assembly is the highest level court of the denomination. The Assembly meets at least yearly and is made up of all the Teaching Elders (Pastors) in the denomination, and Ruling Elder delegates from PCA churches throughout the United States and Canada.

The next lower court that governs the Presbyterian Church in America is regional in scope. Currently in the PCA there are 75 such regional courts known as Presbyteries. The Southern New England Presbytery was formed on September 15, 2000, when the Northeast Presbytery was divided into three Presbyeries: Northen New England, Southern New England, and New York State. Currently within the Southern New England Presbytery, there are 19 churches. Sixteen of these churches are particular, which means that the church is governed by its own Session, and two of the churches are mission churches, which are either governed by the Presbytery or the Session of a particular church.

Presbyteries meet at least twice a year and are are made up of all PCA Teaching Elders in good standing within the bounds of the Presbytery and Ruling Elder delegates from each particular church. The Southern New England Presbytery is made up of all the particular and mission PCA churches in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
PCA churches in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island - clerk@snepres.org