Places where as yet no consistory can be constituted shall be placed under the care of a neighboring consistory.
Decision pertaining to Article 39
If possible the organization of a congregation shall precede the administration of the sacraments. However, if the conditions are not ripe for the organization of a congregation, such members are to be enrolled in an adjoining congregation, and thus the sacraments can be administered under the supervision of that consistory. However, this shall not be without the accompanying preaching of the Word, nor without sufficient representation of the consistory to have supervision of the administration.
(Adopted by the Classis of June 6, 7, 1934; Synod of 1944, Arts. 66, 67; explanation by Synod of 2005, Arts. 30, 31.)