This was our agenda for the meeting:


1. The Council meeting opened with prayer (by Mark Hausam) at about 9:35 AM (EST). Present at the meeting were Mark Hausam, Parnell McCarter, Brian Hanley, and Ray Perkins.

2. Our first item of discussion was the question of covenanting as a Council and encouraging others to covenant as well, in the historic tradition of Presbyterianism (and ultimately according to biblical precedent). After a short discussion, it was agreed that it would be appropriate for the Council to write up a covenant that could be signed by members of the Council as well as others as desired. The covenant will be a voluntary expression of the signers' commitment to the basic biblical principles of civil government embraced by the Reformation Party and a pledge to pursue the goals implied in those principles.

3. Mark Hausam agreed to write up a draft of this covenant, in the context of a document that explains briefly the theological and historical rationale behind covenanting and explains the nature of the current covenant, which can then be sent to the other Council members and eventually, if approved, released publicly. Although not necessarily the final form the covenant will take, this draft served as the model for the Council in our discussions of the topic, and the final form will likely be similar to it:

We pledge by God's grace to seek that our nation and all other nations covenant with God and adopt the Biblical doctrines, worship and church government outlined in the original Westminster Standards, and support that Church which maintains these as well.

4. The Council next dealt with the subject of adopting formal bylaws for the Reformation party, with the help of Ray Perkins, who is functioning informally as an adviser to the Council on these matters. Mr. Perkins provided the Council with a partial model of what Reformation Party bylaws might look like, and Mr. McCarter also provided a partial model based on Mr. Perkins's suggestions. After some discussion and questions asked to Mr. Perkins, the Council decided to charge Mr. Hausam with the task of taking the models and information that have been provided and, in light of Mr. Perkins's ongoing advice, write up a document containing proposed bylaws for the Party which can then be submitted to the Council for further examination and evaluation.

5. The last item on the day's agenda was a discussion of the proposed new Reformation Party website that Mr. Hanley has been designing. The Council decided that Mr. Hanley should have a significant degree of freedom to continue to work on the design and organization of the website on his own, and that all the Council members will contribute to it (particularly in terms of articles) as opportunity permits. No final time was set for the public release of the new website.

6. The Council closed with prayer at 11:08 AM (EST).