Manuals and policies

  • Fairness in Ministerial Compensation: Solidarity and Incentives

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    A response to two referrals from the 2012 Special Committee on the Church for the 21st Century.  How can we raise the salaries of ministers in churches barely able to pay Board of Pensions' dues, including disproportionate numbers of women and racial ethnic pastors, and of what relevance is our theology of compensation to our modified market system, both in the parishes and in our national agencies?  Although at root Christian incentives are not financial, sharing and mutual aid are not enough: the report outlines certain forms of mutual accountability and intervention for declining ministry situations.  This report combines Gospel ...

  • Drones, War, and Surveillance

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    Drones are a key part of the new face of war and are inextricably linked to government surveillance and data gathering.  Drones need national and international controls to keep them from extending rather than decreasing the battlefield overseas and endangering privacy and civil liberties.  The resolution calls for greater oversight and judicial review for drone use and surveillance and affirms the church's sacred space as a "surveillance-free" zone.

  • The Gospel from Detroit: Renewing the Church's Urban Vision

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    Detroit (the city where the 2014 General Assembly was held) is an example of de-industrialization, population decrease, and official bankruptcy.  Using Detroit as a prism, including its redeveloping areas, the report recommends ways to strengthen and re-grow the church's presence, including support for community organizing, better public investment, intentional communities of ministry, and policies to address racial and class division.

  • Tax Justice: A Christian Response to a Second Gilded Age

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    This is a theologically-based proposal to make our tax system more progressive and able to raise adequate funds.  Using a covenant framework and 5 Christian principles, Tax Justice addresses both personal and corporate taxes under 11 headings, countering the "race to the bottom" of tax competition domestically and internationally, notably through tax havens.  The report recommends capping several key tax expenditures and raising some taxes, including "carbon" taxes.

  • On Calling a Pastor

    From Office of the General AssemblyChurch Leadership Connection

    A manual to help participants in the pastoral call process understand their responsibilities and tasks from the time a pastor has announced his or her departure until a new pastor is called and installed. 

    Revised March 2015
    Click here for more information.

  • Educator Certification Handbook

    From Office of the General AssemblyChristian Educators

    The handbook is the most recent version, dated 2015. This Handbook is provided to assist Christian educators to become:

    • Certified Christian Educators
    • Christian Education Associates
  • Ministry Information Form

    From Office of the General AssemblyChurch Leadership Connection

    Ministry Information Form, downloadable PDF version.

  • Presbyterian Women's Bylaws

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPresbyterian Women

    Learn about the structure, committees, officers and meetings of Presbyterian Women at the churchwide level.

    These bylaws were adopted on July 16, 2009, then revised on July 20, 2012 and again in November 2014.

  • Formula of Agreement

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    Between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ on Entering into Full Communion on the Basis of A Common Calling

    In 1997 four churches of Reformation heritage will act on an ecumenical proposal of historic importance. The timing reflects a doctrinal consensus which has been developing over the past thirty-two years coupled with an increasing urgency for the church to proclaim a gospel of unity in contemporary society. In light of identified doctrinal consensus, desiring to bear visible witness to the unity of the Church, and hearing the call to engage together in God's mission, it is recommended:

    That the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ declare on the basis of A Common Calling and their adoption of this A Formula of Agreement that they are in full communion with one another. Thus, each church is entering into or affirming full communion with three other churches.

  • The Handbook on Ordination Examinations

    From Office of the General AssemblyPreparation for Ministry

    The Handbook on Ordination Examinations is designed to serve as a resource for inquirers/candidates, committees on preparation for ministry, committees on ministry, and ministers of other denominations who may be taking the PC(USA)’s ordination exams.

    Version: November 2014/2.1

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