Deadlines & Instructions

Deadlines & Instructions

Docket Time & Term Limit Waiver Requests
Overtures to the General Assembly


2020 Request Deadlines for Presbytery Meeting Docket Times & Waivers

Click here to download the waiver request form.  Docket time requests can be made via email.

All requests are due to the Ecclesiastical Committee via the Stated Clerk’s Office (email/412-323-1405), including waivers of the six-year limitation on terms for elder and deacons, no later than noon on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 8 for the May 14, 2020 presbytery meeting
  • Wednesday, August 26 for the September 24, 2020 presbytery meeting
  • Wednesday, November 4 for the December 10, 2020 presbytery meeting

IMPORTANT NOTE: If action by the Presbytery is being requested, the full text of the motion and any accompanying documents (reports, rationale, etc.) must be submitted at this time as well.


Overture Deadlines to the General Assembly

Any session or presbyter planning to submit an overture to the General Assembly should keep in mind that to be considered by the Assembly a potential overture must be approved by Pittsburgh Presbytery and have at least one concurrence from another presbytery by the following deadlines:

  • February 21, 2020: 120-Day Deadline for all overtures requesting amendment to or interpretation of the Book of Order
  • April 21, 2020: 60-Day Deadline for all overtures with financial implications
  • May 6, 2020: 45-Day Deadline for all other overtures, concurrences, and comments

For upcoming meeting of Pittsburgh Presbytery, those wishing to propose overtures or concurrences must be mindful of the following deadlines as well:

Presbytery Meeting Date Docket Time Request Due* Overture to Stated Clerk’s Office as Required by Presbytery Manual
September 19, 2019 August 21, 2019 August 29, 2019
December 5, 2019 October 30, 2019 November 14, 2019
February 13, 2020 January 15, 2020 January 23, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTES: Any overture submitted after the deadline for docket time requests, but before the deadline for submission to the Stated Clerk’s office must be introduced as new business pursuant to the Presbytery Manual.

Any person or group considering an overture or concurrence request must review carefully the requirements in the Manual of the General Assembly, which may found online.