Manuals and policies

  • Thanksgiving letter to Ahold

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyFair Food

    Thanksgiving letter to Ahold, November 2011, signed by numerous national religious leaders including the Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly.

    As we approach Thanksgiving and religious congregations across the nation pause to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and human community, we are reminded that, in the most basic and essential aspects of our life together, food and work, members of our society are interconnected. Our choices and actions impact one another, and we have both the power and the responsibility to create economic systems that promote and protect human well-being. Download to read it all.

  • 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 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

  • 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 Power to Change - U.S. Energy Policy and Global Warming

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    This policy, approved by the 218th General Assembly (2008), is the first major update of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s energy policy in more than 27 years. This General Assembly policy offers moral guidance and provides practical steps individual Presbyterians, groups and communities may take to change unhealthy energy practices to ensure that there is an abundant supply of God’s good energy for future generations of the whole creation to enjoy.

  • The Quality of Ministerial Candidates from a Counselor's Perspective

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPreparation for Ministry

    Resource written by L. Guy Mehl of the Lancaster Career Development Center, who makes observations based on his personal experiences counseling candidates from various denominations (Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, etc.).

  • 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 ...

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