Manuals and policies

  • Sustaining Waters

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyEnough for Everyone

    “Sustaining Waters” assists Christians to be good stewards of water. As such it is divided into three sections: Clean Waters, Abundant Waters and Recovery Waters.






  • Task Force regions by state, synod and presbytery

    From Presbyterian Mission Agency

    Find a list of Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People Task Force regions by state, synod and presbytery.

  • 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.

  • Teaching of the Bible Grant guidelines - 2011

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyFinancial Aid

    Teaching of the Bible Grant provides support for teaching of the Bible at
    Presbyterian‐related colleges, universities, and secondary schools.
    Previous awardees have used the grant to develop new curriculum and experiment with new approaches to teaching the Bible. Programs led by college chaplains have offered an emphasis on small group study, community building, outreach, and spiritual formation using the Bible.

  • Ten Tips for Creating Respect in Your Workplace

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyDiversity in Leadership Network

    This guide provides 10 helpful tips on creating and maintaining respect in a work environment.

  • Terms of Use Agreement for the web site of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyLegal Manual

    Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation Terms of Use Agreement for the web site of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and all related web sites and web sites of affiliate organizations.

    These Terms of Use were last updated on March 12, 2012

    This section contains the Terms of Use that govern your use of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (“PCUSA”) web site.  It contains information Users should familiarize yourself with before you use the PC(USA)  website or send information through it.  By using the PC(USA)  website (“Website”) at or other affiliated sites or ...

  • Terrorism Perceptions and Reflections

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    The May/June 1988 issue of Church & Society Magazine had as its title and theme, “Terrorism: Perceptions and Reflections.” Its Content Editor was Robert F. Smylie, Director of the United Nations Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Because of the events that began on September 11, 2001, we have excerpted and adapted portions of that issue for use in today's time. Interspersed with the fifteen focusing Propositions are the questions that were offered as discussion starters in the 1988 issue.

  • The Divestment Strategy: Principles and Criteria

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    Divestment Strategy: Principles and Criteria (1984). This General Assembly study of the moral grounds for selling securities examines trusteeship and the interplay of integrity, effectiveness, and church purposes (including solidarity). It followed Military-Related Investment Guidelines (1982) and preceded the 1985 "selective, phased" divestment of securities in firms supporting apartheid in South Africa.

  • 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 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.

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