Excerpt from In Chancery: Before the Chancellor of the State of New York, William Stevenson and Others, Complainants, Vs. Alexander Bullions and Others, Defendants; Pleadings and Proofs
And your Orators further shew that the Judicatories established by said Church for the proper discipline and good government thereof, and Of all its Congregations, members and Officers, are Sessions, Presbyteries, and a Synod. That said Judicatories were established at an early period of the history of said Church in Scotland, and were adopted by said Asso ciate Church in America, upon its organization in Pennsylvania, as here in before stated.
A Session consists of the minister, or ministers (where there are more than one, ) and the ruling elders of a particular Congregation. A Ses sion has the general superintendence, control, and government Of the Congregation - admits persons to the communion, with power to call be fore them, and proceed against Offending members, and to punish by the censures of the said Church, as the case may require - but a session has no authority to try, or otherwise deal with its minister.
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