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The following BCO v4 Amendments were approved at Synod 10th June 2016:

Section 7.7.3 - Presbytery Committee of Enquiry

Section 8.9 - Formation of a Presbytery

Section 9.1 'Stage 4' - Established ('Particularised') Church



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The following BCO v4 Amendments were approved at Synod 3rd March 2017:

Section 2.2.1 - Motions from other courts of the church

Section 8.10 - Presbytery falling below minimum number of churches

Additionally, although not strictly part of the BCO, the standing orders of the Standing Committee of Synod were revised.


Collectively these amendments together with BCO4 constitute BCO 5

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The following BCO v5 Amendments were approved at Synod 2nd March 2018:

Section 7.4 - OOB Elders may rescind their vote at a given Presbytery meeting

Section 2.2 (para 3) - To reduce Synod quorum to 1/5 of eligible voting members

Section 8.2 (para 2) - OOB Elders may rescind their vote at a given Synod meeting

Sections 2.2, 3.7.1 and 3.7.2 - To change decisions on the remuneration of church officers 

Collectively these amendments together with BCO5 constitute BCO 5.1


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The following BCO v5.1 Amendments were approved at Synod 8th March 2019:

*Section 2.2, 9.6.1 and 9.6.3 - To increase the quorum for a vote to leave the denomination

*Chapter 11 - To revise and clarify the procedures for Church Discipline

Section 5.7 - To revise and clarify the status of Retired and Inactive Elders

NEW Section 8.11 - To establish procedures for ecumenical relations 

Collectively these amendments together with BCO 5.1 constitute BCO 5.2
*NOTE: In accordance with BCO 1.4 these changes will not take effect until consultation with IPC churches has taken place.

Note: BCO 6 will be issued following structural amendments anticipated in 2020.