The Church of Scotland's General Assembly is under way in Edinburgh.
Among topics to be considered is the ordination of gay ministers - one of the most divisive issues faced by the assembly since it first met in 1560.
It follows the appointment of the Reverend Scott Rennie to Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen in 2009.
The meeting will also discuss reaching out to people who have no desire to go to church, by attending events such as the Rock Ness music festival.
The Kirk wants to consider how to engage with 90% of the Scottish population who currently do not attend worship. Read more