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Manuals and policies

  • Administrative Review Process

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils Search

    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.

  • Alphabetical Staff Directory

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPlanning Calendar

    Alphabetical Staff Directory of all PC(USA) employees.

  • Alternate Examination Process

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils Search

    The Presbytery of the Western Reserve requests that the Synod of the Covenant approve the following alternate examination process for meeting the examination requirements of G-14.0310b(4) for ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament:

    Any candidate who has failed any one of the Standard Ordination Examinations twice may submit a written request to the Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) to take an alternate examination. After consultation with the candidate, the CPM will determine whether the candidate should: 1) be authorized to re-take the Standard Ordination Examination or 2) be recommended to the Presbytery for approval to ...

  • 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.

  • And Two Shall Become One

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencySmall Church and Community Ministry

    This booklet is a valuable resource for small congregations considering a merger.

  • Asian Directory

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAsian Congregational Support

    Asian Presbyterian church directory

    Get the directory of Asian Presbyterian churches in the United States.


  • Assessing inquirers and candidates

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPreparation for Ministry

    Use this sheet to help assess intangible qualities needed for ministry.

  • Basic Guide to Finding Scope, Sequence and Samples

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyEducational Ministries

    A basic guide for finding the scope and sequence of stories and sample sessions of a particular curriculum can help committees navigate the internet and find the tools they need to meet their educational ministry goals.

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