Manuals and policies

  • 7 Tips on How to Retain a Diverse Workforce

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyDiversity in Leadership Network

    Seven helpful tips on best practices in maintaining a diverse workforce, provided by the Diversity in Leadership Network.

  • A Formula of Agreement

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relations

    The Orderly Exchange of Ordained Ministers of Word and Sacrament

    Principles, Policies, and Procedures

    Participating Churches: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America • Presbyterian Church (USA) • Reformed Church in America • United Church of Christ

    Principles for the Orderly Exchange of Ordained Ministers of Word and Sacrament Background and Affirmations Through adoption of A Formula of Agreement, the Reformed Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Church of Christ entered into a relationship of full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America entered into a relationship of full communion with the Reformed Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Church of Christ. Among other things, full communion means that the four churches “recognize each other’s various ministries and make provision for the orderly exchange of ordained ministers of Word and Sacrament.” (All references to ministers or ordained ministers herein refer to ordained ministers of Word and Sacrament in the four churches.)

  • A Manual for Moderators!

    From Office of the General AssemblyModerators' Conference 2014

    Below you will find a copy of the Moderators' Procedure Notebook from Mid-Kentucky Presbytery that Rev. Ken Hockenberry shared with the conference. This was updated for the 2014 Moderators' Conference. 11/7/14

    Table of Contents

    Motions Chart                                                                                               Page 3

    Rules of Motions                                                                                           Page 4

    Voting in a Presbytery Meeting                                                                 Page 5

    General Docket Procedures                                                                        Page 6

    Opening Procedures                                                                                     Page 7

    Closing Procedures                                                                                       Page 8

    Reception of a New Pastor - Member of Presbytery                             Page 9

    Dismissal of a Pastor or Member
               Dissolution of a Pastoral Relationship                                            Page 10

    Examination of an Inquirer
              (Move from an Inquirer to a Candidate)                                       Pages ...

  • A Resolution and Confession on the Torture and Abuse of Prisoners

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPresbyterian Peacemaking Program

    A Resolution and Confession on the Torture and Abuse of Prisoners. Adopted by the 216th General Assembly (2004).

  • A brief guide for congregations welcoming home their members who are veterans

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    A Ministry with and For Veterans by the Rev. Tom Williams.

  • A session guide for the ministry of all believers

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPreparation for Ministry

    Prepared by the Task Force for a Joint Candidacy Process to test the features of the inquiry phase of the Preparation for Ministry process.

  • 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

  • Advisory Handbook for Preparation for Ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    From Office of the General AssemblyPreparation for Ministry

    The latest revision is identifiable by the date "June 2015" and "Release 2.0" on the cover and copyright pages. The handbook provides moderators, presbytery staff, and applicants with an overview of the process and resources, its intentions and goals.

  • Alphabetical Staff Directory

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPlanning Calendar

    Alphabetical Staff Directory of all PC(USA) employees.

  • An Overview of the new Form of Government

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    In 2006, the 217th General Assembly created the Form Government Task Force and charged this Task Force to draft a Revised Form of Government. In 2008, this Task Force presented its report to the 218th General Assembly. This Report included: the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, a revised Form of Government, and the Advisory Handbook for Councils. The 218th General Assembly referred the Task Force’s Report to the Office of General Assembly for a period of church-wide study and response. After taking into account these responses and adding members of the assembly committee that studied the Report to the task force, the expanded Task Force produced a new draft to be considered by the 219th General Assembly. In 2010, the 219th General Assembly voted to approve an amendment to the previous form of government and directed the Stated Clerk to send this amendment to the presbyteries for a vote.In late spring 2011, the majority of Presbyteries approved this amendment. Accordingly, the new Form of Government took effect on July 10, 2011, one year after the 219th General Assembly. As a whole, the new Form of government is the result of the work not only of three General Assemblies and two task forces, but also expresses the input of more than twenty years of expressed need to review and revise PCUSA’s Form of Government.

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