Manuals and policies

  • General Assembly Nominating Committee List of Vacancies for 222nd GA Nominations as of July 6, 2015

    From Office of the General AssemblyGeneral Assembly Nominating Committee

    General Assembly Nominating Committee List of Vacancies for 222nd GA Nominations as of July 6, 2015

  • Manual of the 222nd General Assembly (2016)

    From Office of the General Assembly222nd General Assembly (2016)

    This document includes:

    • Standing Rules
    • Guidelines and Policies
    • Organization for Mission
  • 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.

  • Best Practices for Educator Certification Advisors

    From Office of the General AssemblyChristian Educators

    Based on comments, questions, and observations by the Educator Certification Committee, brush up on some of the expectations of an Educator Certification Advisor by following these Best Practices for Advisors.

  • On Calling a Pastor

    From Office of the General AssemblyChurch Leadership Connection

    A manual to help participants in the pastoral call process understand their responsibilities and tasks from the time a pastor has announced his or her departure until a new pastor is called and installed. 

    Revised March 2015
    Click here for more information.

  • Presbyterian Women's Bylaws

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPresbyterian Women

    Learn about the structure, committees, officers and meetings of Presbyterian Women at the churchwide level.

    These bylaws were adopted on July 16, 2009, and revised on July 20, 2012, again in November 2014, and a third time in June 2015.

  • Formula of Agreement

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    Between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ on Entering into Full Communion on the Basis of A Common Calling

    In 1997 four churches of Reformation heritage will act on an ecumenical proposal of historic importance. The timing reflects a doctrinal consensus which has been developing over the past thirty-two years coupled with an increasing urgency for the church to proclaim a gospel of unity in contemporary society. In light of identified doctrinal consensus, desiring to bear visible witness to the unity of the Church, and hearing the call to engage together in God's mission, it is recommended:

    That the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ declare on the basis of A Common Calling and their adoption of this A Formula of Agreement that they are in full communion with one another. Thus, each church is entering into or affirming full communion with three other 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 ...

  • Effective Moderators - Meeting Management

    From Office of the General AssemblyModerators' Conference 2014

    Below you will find a copy of the Meeting Management presentation with notes that was presented by Ruling Elder Therese Howell and Teaching Elder Ken Hockenberry.

  • Comparison of the proposed amendment of W-4.9000 on marriage

    From Office of the General Assembly221st General Assembly (2014)

    A side by side comparison of the proposed amendment of W-4.9000 on marriage and the current wording.

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