Following is a partial translation from Mandarin into English of the Book of Church Order for the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taiwan. Over time, we plan to examine and see if the presbytery is willing to form a study committee to suggest changes to improve the document.

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Chapter 3 The Board of Elders and Deacons
Article 16 The board of elders and deacons consists of ministers, elders, and deacons of a congregation, and may call those in charge of institutions subordinate to the church to attend its meetings as non-voting members when necessary.
Article 17 The duties of the board of elders and deacons include administering general affairs, maintaining a ministry of mercy and social services, and other matters.
Article 18 The meeting of the board of elders and deacons requires the attendance of more than one-half of the elders and deacons and at least one (1) elder and one (1) deacon. A seminar may be convened instead in the case of insufficient attendance.
Article 19 The chairman of the board of elders and deacons is the moderator of the session. The presbytery shall appoint an interim moderator to be the board chairman if the congregation does not have a pastor.
Article 20 The board of elders and deacons shall set a clerk and the person be chosen from the elders and deacons.
Article 21 The board of elders and deacons shall convene a meeting at least every three (3) months. The meetings shall be announced on the Sabbath and an interim meeting be called when necessary.
Chapter 4 The Session
Article 22 The session is formed by the pastor and elders of the church. It consists of at least three (3) people, including one (1) pastor and two (2) elders.
Article 23 A pastor is the moderator of the session. In the case where the moderator cannot perform his duties for certain reason, he can invite an incumbent pastor within the presbytery to act in his place. The presbytery shall appoint a pastor to be the provisional moderator of the session if the church does not have a pastor. The appointment shall be authorized by a resolution passed by the congregational meeting. (Added by the 58th presbytery)
Article 24 The session shall be opened with the attendance of more than one-half of its members.
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Article 25 The session shall have the following responsibilities:
  1. 1.Evangelism.
  2. 2.Maintain the ordinances of public worship and observe the sacraments.
  3. 3.Guard church ethics and the faith and morality of the congregation.
  4. 4.Manage finances.
  5. 5.Admit to and dismiss from the membership of the congregation.
  6. 6.Hold elections and install or depose elders and deacons.
  7. 7.Send related applications to the presbytery.
  8. 8.Appoint and send delegates.
  9. 9.Other church administration.
Article 26 The moderator shall fulfill the following duties:
  1. 1.Convene and preside over the session.
  2. 2.Perform the responsibilities of the session.
  3. 3.Furnish certificates and recommendations for the transfer of membership.
  4. 4.Stamp his name on records and necessary documents.
Article 27 The session shall set a clerk elected from the elders.
Article 28 In the case where the session cannot solve differences between the pastor and the elders, more than one-half of the members of the session shall make a joint appeal to the presbytery to deal with the situation.
Article 29 The session shall renew its membership record annually.
Article 30 The session may make its own judgment on the age for infant baptism.
Article 31 The session can baptize a man who kept a concubine before becoming a believer, or a woman who was a concubine before converting to the Christian faith. But the man or the woman shall not assume any church positions.
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Article 32 The ministerial personnel and their families shall move their membership to the church in which they reside.
Article 33 The ministerial personnel and missionaries shall participate in the session as consultative members without the right to vote.
Article 34 The session shall appoint and send elders as delegates to presbytery meetings every year.
Article 35 The session may send proposals to the presbytery in accordance with regulations.
Article 36 The session shall present a report on the development of the church to the presbytery annually.
Chapter 5 The Presbytery
Article 1 The presbytery consists of more than three (3) sessions within its geographical boundaries.
Article 2 The presbytery shall have the following responsibilities:
  1. 1.Evangelism.
  2. 2.Establish and dissolve congregations.
  3. 3.Oversee and guide congregations.
  4. 4.Adjudicate appeals.
  5. 5.Interact with other presbyteries.
  6. 6.Manage finances.
  7. 7.Arrange for the installation or deposition of ministers, teachers, and pastors.
  8. 8.Manage and guide institutions subordinate to churches.
  9. 9.Supervise ministers under its jurisdiction.
Article 3 The presbytery’s meetings shall be attended by more than one-half of its official delegates (or minister members?). The meetings may be adjourned in the case of insufficient attendance.
Article 4 The presbytery shall elect a moderator, a deputy moderator, a clerk, and an accountant from the official delegates. The terms of office for these positions are two (2) years and a person shall not be reappointed to the same position.
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Article 5 The responsibilities of the moderator, the deputy moderator, and the clerk are determined by presbytery regulations.
Article 6 Delegates to the meetings of presbytery are divided into two categories:
  1. 1.Official delegates:
    1. a.Pastors or provisional moderators (amended by the 58th presbytery) of sessions with the presbytery.
    2. b.Elder commissioners elected by sessions within the presbytery.
    3. c.A congregation with more than fifty (50) communicant members shall be entitled to the appointment of one more elder as an additional official delegate to presbytery meetings.
    4. d.A delegate may exercise one right. (Added by the 58th presbytery)
  2. 2.Advisory delegates:
    1. a.Pastors and elders within the presbytery’s geographical boundaries who are not the official delegates.
    2. b.Retired pastors within the bounds of the presbytery.
    3. c.Entrusted pastors or elders within the presbytery.
    4. d.Teachers and ministers within the bounds of the presbytery.
    5. e.Foreign missionaries in Taiwan.
    6. f.Representatives of preaching stations within the bounds of the presbytery.
    7. g.Representatives from other presbyteries.
    8. h.Full-time teachers in theological seminaries or evangelical institutions who are ordained pastors and whose teaching posts are within the presbytery.
    9. i.Managers of institutions subordinate to the presbytery.
    10. j.Pastors within the presbytery who are not installed in or designated to any congregations. (Added by the 58
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  3. 3.Advisory delegates have the right to speak but not the right to vote.
Article 7 The presbytery shall keep roll lists of pastors and teachers within its bounds.
Article 8 The presbytery’s budget shall be funded by congregations and institutions within its bounds, which will also cover their delegates’ travel fare to presbytery meetings.
Article 9 The presbytery shall establish a personnel committee consisting of the moderator, the deputy moderator, the clerk, and the accountant to execute resolutions and other provisional matters. The personnel committee may employ a general secretary and other staff to administer general affairs. (Added by the 56th presbytery)
Article 10 The terms of office of all positions on the personnel committee are two (2) years and a person shall not be reappointed to the same position.
Article 11 The presbytery may establish the following departments to administer affairs under its jurisdiction, and may institute more departments when necessary:
  1. 1.Department of Finance: To manage the presbytery’s finances and guide the finance of the congregations within the bounds of the presbytery.
  2. 2.Department of Evangelism: To research, plan, and promote domestic and overseas evangelical and devotional ministries. (Amended by the 57th presbytery)
  3. 3.Department of Education: To guide ministries of Christian education and youth counseling within the presbytery.
  4. 4.Department of Examinations: To arrange for the examinations of teachers, elders, and ministers.
  5. 5.Department of Social Services: To organize charitable, publishing, and other mass communications ministries.
  6. 6.Department of Overseas Missions: To organize missions abroad and in mainland China. (Added by the 57th presbytery)
Article 12 The departments may employ the presbytery’s official delegates and advisory delegates with special skills.
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Article 13 A minister’s leave and resumption of service shall be arranged in accordance with the Regulations on the Resumption of Service of Ministers. A minister’s leave is divided into two categories: Paid leave and requested leave. (A minister can refer to a preacher, a teacher, a pastor, and a missionary.)
  1. 1.A minister’s paid leave:
    1. a.A minister who has been serving a congregation for a consecutive period of more than one (1) year is entitled to paid annual leave of seven (7) days. As of the second year of service, the minister earns paid leave of two (2) days per year with a maximum accumulation of thirty (30) days.
    2. b.A minister may accumulate unused paid leave but the maximum accumulation shall not exceed two (2) months.
    3. c.A congregation may determine whether to grant a sabbatical year to a minister who has been serving the congregation for a consecutive period of more than six (6) years.
    4. d.In the case where no regulations are available to arrange paid leave for a minister who has served in an institution subordinate to the presbytery, the Regulations on the Resumption of Service of Ministers will be applicable to the minister.
  2. 2.A minister’s requested leave includes casual leave, sick leave, study leave, and external appointment.
    1. a.A minister applying for casual leave is required to provide a legitimate reason. Casual leave shall not exceed a maximum of one (1) year and cannot be extended upon termination. Casual leave shall not count as a period of service.
    2. b.A minister applying for sick leave is required to submit a medical certification provided by a hospital. Sick leave shall not exceed a maximum of one (1) year but can be extended with the consent of the presbytery upon termination.
    3. c.A minister’s study leave or external appointment shall not exceed a maximum of three (3) years but can be extended once upon termination.
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  3. 3.A minister’s requested leave of less than fifteen (15) days shall be approved by the session. A minister’s requested leave of more than fifteen (15) days shall be approved by the presbytery.
  4. 4.A minister who has been absent without leave for more than six (6) months will be deprived of all official positions without notice.
  5. 5.A minister is entitled to paid sick leave. The congregation may determine whether the minister is entitled to pay for other types of requested leave.
  6. 6.The presbytery shall make a public announcement to remove a minister from office if the minister does not apply for leave in accordance with regulations.
  7. 7.The Regulations on the Resumption of Service of Ministers shall be implemented in accordance with other presbytery regulations.
Article 14 The presbytery shall call more than two (2) meetings every year.
Article 15 The presbytery shall review the meeting minutes and membership rolls of the sessions and transmit motions to sessions for implementation every year.
Article 16 The redrawing of the geographical boundaries of a presbytery shall meet the following conditions:
  1. 1.With the consent of more than two-thirds of the attending delegates of the presbytery.
  2. 2.With the consent of more than two-thirds of the sessions within the new presbytery.
  3. 3.The remaining congregations shall meet the conditions set forth in Article 1 of Chapter 5 and cannot change their original church names.
  4. 4.When the original presbytery considers it necessary to redraw its geographical boundaries because it consists of more than ten (10) congregations and has encountered special situations.
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Article 17 The presbytery may call a provisional meeting when one of the following situations occurs:
  1. 1.When the general assembly orders the presbytery to call a provisional meeting.
  2. 2.When the presbytery considers it necessary to call a provisional meeting.
  3. 3.When more than one-third of the delegates appeal to the presbytery to call a provisional meeting.
The clerk of the presbytery shall notify the delegates of the agenda items seven (7) days prior to the provisional meeting. Agenda items that the delegates have not been notified of shall not be dealt with during the meeting.
Article 18 A quorum of the presbytery: A quorum of the presbytery shall be one-half of its minister members and one-fifth of its elder members present.
Chapter 6 The Membership of the Church
Article 19 Types of membership:
  1. 1.Baptized people whose names are recorded on the membership list.
  2. 2.Members are divided into communicant members and non-communicant members.
Article 20 Non-communicant members are people who have been presented by their parents for baptism as infants or young children but have not been confirmed.
Article 21 Communicant members:
  1. 1.Communicant members are people who have been baptized or confirmed in any Reformed Presbyterian Church.
  2. 2.A member of the Church moving from one congregation to another congregation in the denomination. (The member shall present a certificate of transfer of membership from his congregation and the document shall be certified by the session.)
  3. 3.An applicant from another denomination shall satisfy the session of his acceptance of the basic truths and publicly reconfess his faith when necessary before he is received into communicant membership of the Church.
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  4. 4.Communicant members are entitled to partake in communion and all rights of members.
Article 22 When a member has, for a period of six (6) months, failed to attend without any reason, he may be removed from the roll of membership by the resolution of the session.
Chapter 7 Elders and Deacons
Article 23 Elders and deacons shall be elected from the communicant resident members of the congregation in accordance with Election Rules.
Article 24 The term of office for elders and deacons shall be two (2) years. Elders and deacons shall be reinstalled if re-elected. (The session can extend the elders and the deacons’ term of office when necessary.)
Article 25 An election of elders and deacons shall take place two (2) months prior to the completion of term of office of the incumbent elders and deacons. If an election has not been called upon the elders and deacons’ completion of term of office, the elders and deacons shall continue in office until their successors have been produced. In the case where the election has been delayed for more than six (6) months, the session shall deal with the situation appropriately.
Article 26 An elder or a deacon who has moved his communicant membership to another church is not entitled to exercise the functions of any office previously held without an election.
Article 27 In the case where the session regards an elder or a deacon as having committed offenses that are detrimental to the church, it may call a congregational meeting to re-elect an elder or a deacon, even though the elder or the deacon has not completed his term of office.
Article 28 An elder or a deacon may send an application to the session when he is no longer able to fulfill his duties for certain reason. The session may permit the elder or the deacon to resign when it has approved the application.
Article 29 The title of ‘emeritus’ may, by the nomination of the session and the approval of the congregational meeting, be conferred on an incumbent elder who has served as an elder or a deacon for more than twenty (20) years without cessation, is over seventy (70) years of age, and has made remarkable contributions to the church. The session, the elders and the deacons may invite the Elder Emeritus to participate in their meetings as a non-voting member.
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Chapter 8 Ministers
Article 30 Ministers is the general term for interns, teachers, pastors, and missionaries:
  1. 1.An intern is a person who has been appointed as an evangelist after having graduated from a theological seminary approved by the presbytery and passed oral and written examinations arranged by the Department of Examinations.
  2. 2.An intern who has been installed in accordance with regulations is called a teacher.
  3. 3.An ordained teacher who has been called to pastor a congregation or do missions in an evangelical institution is called a pastor.
  4. 4.A person sent by a foreign mission board to do evangelical work in the Reformed Presbyterian Church is called a missionary.
  5. 5.A person sent by the presbytery to do evangelic work abroad is called an overseas missionary.
  6. 6.Other denominations’ interns, teachers, and pastors applying to join the Church shall be certified by the presbytery and complete the theological curriculum set by the Department of Examinations.
Chapter 9 Teachers
Article 32 After completing two years of service, an intern can apply to take examination to become a teacher. The presbytery can install the intern as a teacher if he passes the examination. Only half of the years of service shall be counted as a teacher’s service period if he works part-time. The calculation of a teacher’s years of service shall in principle be based on the work certificate issued by the church. However, the calculation shall be further approved by the presbytery’s personnel committee after it reviews the teacher’s working time, job responsibilities, salary, and other criteria
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. (Amended by the 58th presbytery)
Article 33 The subjects of the examination for a teacher shall be approved by the Department of Examinations and registered on the roll list of teachers.
Article 34 A teacher is an advisory delegate to the presbytery and may attend its meetings as a non-voting member. He can assume a presbytery position when necessary.
Article 35 A teacher does not have judicial powers, but he can attend board meetings of elders and deacons.
Chapter 10 Pastors
Article 36 A pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church is ordained with the laying on of hands by the presbytery to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, administer sacraments, and govern the congregation.
  1. 1.Due to different responsibilities, there are two kinds of pastors: Resident pastors and mission pastors.
  2. 2.A pastor who is called by a church and authorized by the presbytery to minister to its congregation is a resident pastor. A pastor who is called by a church or a preaching station, sent by the presbytery to a preaching station, or called by a mission board to do evangelical work is a mission pastor.
  3. 3.Resident pastors and mission pastors have equal responsibilities and rights.
Article 37 When a congregation has more than two (2) pastors, one shall be the senior pastor and the others associate pastors administering church affairs.
Article 38 An incumbent pastor shall not assume other positions without the consent of the congregation and the presbytery.
Article 39 A pastor who is in either of the following situations shall not be the moderator of the session without the consent of the session and the presbytery:
  1. 1.Serving in an institution which is not under the presbytery.
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  2. 2.Whose position is not appointed by the presbytery.
Chapter 11 Missionaries
Article 40 Chinese missionaries are missionaries sent by the Reformed Presbyterian Church to do evangelical work abroad, establish churches there, and administer the sacraments.
Article 41 Foreign missionaries:
  1. 1.A foreign missionary is a minister sent to Taiwan to do evangelical work by a foreign mission board that provides direct assistance for the Reformed Presbyterian Church.
  2. 2.When applying to join the presbytery, a foreign missionary shall provide related certificates issued by his mission board or church for the review and approval of the presbytery’s Department of Examinations.
  3. 3.A foreign missionary can assume the position of the interim moderator of a church or a preaching station with the approval of the presbytery, but he can only be an advisory delegate to the presbytery.
  4. 4.A missionary accepted by the presbytery is obligated to follow its laws and regulations, and shall be deprived of his duties and prohibited from participating in all kinds of ministries of the Church if he commits moral offences or violates presbytery laws.
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I. Election Rules
Chapter 1 Congregational Meeting
Chapter 2 Election of Elders and Deacons
Article 11 An election of elders and deacons shall be presided over by the moderator of the church session.
Article 12 Elders and deacons shall have the following qualifications:
  1. 1.Deacons: Be communicant members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church for more than one (1) year, be over twenty-four (24) years of age, and evidence the standards of character and conduct consistent with those set forth in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:3.
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  2. 2.Elders: Be communicant members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church for more than two (2) year, be over thirty (30) years of age, and evidence the standards of character and conduct consistent with those set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
  3. 3.Elders and deacons who changed from other denomination(s) to the Reformed Presbyterian Church shall meet the qualifications stated in the two paragraphs above to be eligible for the same offices in the Reformed Presbyterian Church. But the elders only need to be communicant members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church for more than one (1) year before they are eligible to hold the same office in it.
Article 13 The congregational meeting called to elect elders and deacons requires the attendance of more than one-half of the communicant members. Only those receiving at least two-thirds of the votes of members present shall be declared elders-elect, and only those receiving more than one-half of the votes of members present shall be declared deacons-elect.
Article 14 Elders-elect and deacons-elect shall receive preordination training by the pastor.
Article 15 Elders shall pass doctrinal, Bible, and church laws exams by the presbytery or a special appointee. Deacons shall pass exams of the same nature by the session.
Article 16 The term of office for elders and deacons shall be two (2) years. Elders and deacons shall be reinstalled if re-elected, and their term of office can be extended when necessary.
Article 17 When re-elected, an elder who is on inactive status or who has moved in his communicant membership from another church of the Reformed Presbyterian Church shall be installed with the omission of ordination.
Article 18 An elder having reached seventy (70) years of age can apply for retirement.
Article 19 If there are no disputes over the election of elders and deacons, the elders-elect and deacons-elect shall be ordained or installed within three (3) months after the election; otherwise the election will be invalid.
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Chapter 3 Election of the Pastor
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