A Survey of RPCES Ministers in 1966

The Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod was formed in 1965 from a merger of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, General Synod and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Shortly after the founding of the church, a survey was sent out to the ministers asking 6 questions on important historical and theological matters. 47 ministers responded.

Here are the results of that survey, showing the theological position of the church at that point in time.

1. Have you preached a series of sermons on the West. Conf. in the past 5 years?
Yes – – 13
No – – 21
An occasional sermon, or at prayer meeting — 13

2. Do you operate a plan for teaching the Catechism?
Yes – – 27
No – – 20

3. What proportion of your congregational singing is Psalms?
100% – 1
50-75% – 2
25-50% – 3
1-25% – 16
0% – 25

4. How do you determine admission to the Lord’s Table?
a) close – – – – – – – – – – – 0
b) restricted to member – – – 15
c) restricted to believers – – 32
d) no restriction – – – – – – 0

5. Have you read any Covenanter history?
More than five books – – 4
One to five books – – – 17
Scattered information or none – – – 28

6.Should a lodge member be permitted to hold church office?
Yes – – 7
No – – 33
Should a lodge member be permitted to be a member in good standing?
Yes – – 29
No – – 13

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About douglasdouma

I am a husband to beautiful wife, an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church - Hanover Presbytery, and founder of Sola - Appalachian Christian Retreat (www.discoversola.com). In addition to blogging at this site I am the author of The Presbyterian Philosopher - The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark (Wipf&Stock, 2017) and compiling editor of Clark and His Correspondents: Selected Letters of Gordon H. Clark (Trinity Foundation, 2017). I have a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering (University of Michigan), a master's in business administration (Wake Forest University) and a master of divinity (Sangre de Cristo Seminary). I'm an avid hiker, having completed a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian trail in 2013 and the first 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016.
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