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Manuals and policies

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Task Force on Implementing Child/Youth/Vulnerable Adults Protection Policies Sample Application

    From Office of the General AssemblyGeneral Assembly Nominating Committee

    Sample Application form for Task Force on Implementing Child/Youth/Vulnerable Adults Protection Policies - Due Nov 28, 2016

  • The Ecumenical Stance of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its antecedent churches have been at the forefront of local, regional, national, and global ecumenism for more than a century. Presbyterians have been ready to reflect on, pray for, and organize ecumenical initiatives in the life of the worldwide body of Christ and respond to the initiatives of others. From discussions of organic union to the formation of councils of churches, from common efforts in evangelism and mission to upholding concerns for justice and social service, Presbyterians have been deeply involved in the ecumenical work and witness of the church. The Presbyterian church has put considerable material, spiritual, and personnel resources into the ecumenical movement, working to “listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches” and respond in creative ways to our ecumenical calling.

  • 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:  June 2017/2.4

  • The Interreligious Stance as adopted by the 221st General Assembly (2014)

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relations

    For the first time the General Assembly, in 2014, has adopted an Interreligious Stance document for our church as a statement of policy. While the document will provide guidance to the national church, whose office on interfaith relations is led by Teaching Elder (TE) Christine Hong, in many ways its heart rests with those who work locally to develop and maintain relationships with people of other religious traditions.

  • The Missional Church and the New Form of Government

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    Building a Community of Faith, Hope, Love and Witness

    • The Missional Church: Presbyterian Church (USA)
    • God’s Mission (F-1.01)
    • A Mission-Focused “Form of Government”
    • Question for Discussion
  • The Session and the New Form of Government

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    Building a Community of Faith, Hope, Love and Witness

    • The Session: a Council of the Church and Expression of Unity & Mutuality
    • The Session: Discerning Leaders attending to the holy spirit
    • The Session’s Responsibilities (G-3.0201)
    • Session Meetings (G-3.0203 and G-3.0201)
    • Session Minutes and Records (G-3.0204)
    • Session Relations with Other Councils (G-3.0202)
    • Finances (G-3.0205)
    • The Session’s Role in Developing Manuals, Policies & Obtaining Insurance
    • Some Questions the Session must Prayerfully discern and consider
    • Discussion Questions for your session
    • Resources for Communal Discernment
  • The process toward educator certification

    From Office of the General AssemblyChristian Educators

    The process for Christian Educator and Christian Education Associates in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    Certified Christian Educators in the PC(USA) . . .

    • Are members of the PC(USA)
    • Are employed in educational ministry in a PC(USA) congregation, governing body or agency or have confirmed volunteer status of at least ten (10) hours/week of volunteer service and have completed one year full-time (or its equivalent) work experience
    • Have completed a bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree) or Christian Education Associate level
    • Have requested and received an application and information for certification along with a listing of Certification ...
  • These Living Waters: Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    A Report of the Catholic Reformed Dialogue in United States 2003 - 2007

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