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 Covenant of Behavior Related To Synod Personnel Policies and Practices

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    SEXUAL HARASSMENT/MISCONDUCT POLICY: In determining its own witness to theworld and its service to humanity, the Church of Jesus Christ is bound by the Gospel mandate to "announce good news to the poor, to proclaim release for prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to let the broken victims go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor". Thus it sounds the note of liberation, reconciliation and healing, and calls all persons to the more abundant life of Christ. All persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender, must be afforded equal respect under the gospel. Therefore ...

  • 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 2013

    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 2013 Moderators' Conference. 11/12/13

    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.

  • Administrative Review Process

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    If information is received in writing from a presbytery within the Synod, from a Presbytery Council of a presbytery within the Synod, or from the Stated Clerks' Conference gathered to review presbytery minutes, to the attention of the Synod Executive, the Stated Clerk, or the Moderator of the Synod concerning any irregularity, delinquency, or other circumstance not in accordance with the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church USA in any of the presbyteries of the Synod that calls for the exercise of oversight by the Synod, that person shall consult with the other two about the advisability of initiating ...

  • 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 Presbyterian Mission AgencyPreparation for Ministry

    A new edition for 2012-2013 reflecting the changes related to the revised Form of Government approved in 2011. Provides moderators, presbytery staff, and applicants with an overview of the process and resources, its intentions and goals.

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