By a vote of 46 to 4, the Presbytery of Mid-America on April 25 approved an overture to the 2009 General Assembly, requesting that they be permitted to experiment with an affinity presbytery structure for a period of three years beginning in July 2009. If approved by the Assembly, the presbytery would create two ministerial committees. One would examine and receive candidates and ministers who are not in favor of women as Teaching Elders. The other committee would examine and receive candidates and ministers who are in favor of women as Teaching Elders. All other activities and ministries of the presbytery would remain unchanged during the three years of experiment. The Permanent Judicial Commission will review this overture as part of it’s May 29-30 meeting.