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Manuals and policies

  • Advisory Handbook for Councils

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Advisory Handbook for Councils for the Development of Policies and Procedures as required by the Form of Government

  • Previous Form Of Government for Transitional Manuals

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Council Relations

    This file contains the text of the Form of Government as printed in the Book of Order 2009/2011, which was made null and void by the affirmative vote of a majority of presbyteries on the new Foundations of Presbyterian Polity and the new Form of Government as printed in the Book of Order 2011/2013. Presbyteries may want to use the text of the 2009/2011 Form of Government in transitional manuals.

  • Sample bylaws for congregations

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Sample bylaws for congregations. Edits of Appendixes S  and T (1997 version with new FOG references).

    You may also download the Word document for adapting it for use by congregations. 

  • Turn Mourning into Dancing! A Policy Statement on Healing Domestic Violence and Study Guide (approved by the 213th General Assembly [2001])

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The 213th General Assembly (2001) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in reliance upon God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in exercise of its responsibility to witness to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in every dimension of life, has approved this policy statement “Turn Mourning Into Dancing! A Policy Statement on Healing Domestic Violence.” It is presented for the guidance and edification of the whole Christian Church and the society to which its ministers; and will determine procedures and program for the Ministries Divisions and staff of the General Assembly. This policy statement is recommended for ...

  • Standards of Ethical Conduct

    From Office of the General Assembly

    As you may be aware, the 210th General Assembly (1998) approved a report submitted by the Special Committee on a Professional Code of Ethics. The report, as approved, is titled “Life Together in the Community of Faith: Standards of Ethical Conduct for Members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees and Volunteers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); and Standards of Ethical Conduct for Ordained Officers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).”

    The General Assembly took several actions to implement the use of “Life Together in the Community of Faith.” Though it ...

  • 2011-2013 Advisory Handbook for Ministry Committees/Commissions

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyMinisters/Teaching Elders

    The New Form of Government Adopted in 2011 is intentionally different in tone and purpose from recent earlier versions. Rather than a regulatory manual that provides guidance for all that we do as a church, it is a description of our common life. It begins with a new section of the Book of Order “Foundational Principles” that lay out the important theological and ecclesial principles for the church’s life. In the Form of Government which follows many of the details have been removed, leaving a broad framework within which councils of the church discern what is the best course ...

  • Suggested Compensation Guidelines for Establishing an Educator's Salary

    From Office of the General AssemblyChristian Educators

    This worksheet will assist in determining an appropriate salary range for a church educator. The committee may find it helpful to work through this form before the search using the minimum requirements for the minimum range and the maximum the church can pay for the maximum of the range. When the committee has decided whom it wishes to call, this may be helpful in determining the salary offered. It may also be used during the annual salary reviews to take into account any new factors, years of experience, or progress toward certification.

  • Christian Educator Position Description

    From Office of the General AssemblyChristian Educators

    A generic position description for lay employees

  • MIF Tips for Christian Educator Positions

    From Office of the General AssemblyChristian Educators

    Churches seeking a Christian Educator should complete a Ministry Information Form (MIF) following “Instructions for Entering a MIF” while integrating the instructions/tips.

  • Presbyterian Women Celebration Giving Representative

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPresbyterian Women

    Celebration Giving Representative

    A new position on the leadership team of Presbyterian Women, Celebration Giving Representative (CGR), has been developed by the Churchwide Coordinating Team (CCT) to interpret the giving opportunities of Presbyterian Women and encourage participation in Celebration Giving. Celebration Giving Representatives are needed to represent PW at each level—congregational, presbytery, synod and churchwide. This new position was approved at the Churchwide Business Meeting of PW in July 2009.

    Basic Function
    Interpret the giving opportunities of Presbyterian Women and encourage participation in Celebration Giving (which includes Mission Pledge, Birthday and Thank Offerings, Memorial/Recognition Gifts, Honorary Life Membership ...

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