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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