Manuals and policies

  • Tax Justice: A Christian Response to a Second Gilded Age

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    This is a theologically-based proposal to make our tax system more progressive and able to raise adequate funds.  Using a covenant framework and 5 Christian principles, Tax Justice addresses both personal and corporate taxes under 11 headings, countering the "race to the bottom" of tax competition domestically and internationally, notably through tax havens.  The report recommends capping several key tax expenditures and raising some taxes, including "carbon" taxes.

  • 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.

  • PC(USA) Facebook Terms of Use

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyLegal Manual

    Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation Terms of Use Agreement for Participation and Posting on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Facebook Page.


    These Terms of Use were last updated on August 11, 2014

    This section contains the Terms of Use that govern your use of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (“PC(USA)”) Facebook page.  It contains information that Users should familiarize themselves with before they post to the PC(USA)  Facebook page.  By using the PC(USA) Facebook page you, the “User,” are deemed to have entered into an agreement with the administrator of ...

  • 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.

  • 2014 English Session Annual Statistical Report Instruction Workbook

    From Office of the General AssemblyStatistics

    This workbook is designed to guide you through the statistical information that you must provide to the presbytery in accordance with G-3.0202f. The Session Report is prepared annually by the Office of the General Assembly, and the information you provide will be combined with that from other PC(USA) congregations to become the “OGA Statistics” that appear annually in the General Assembly Minutes, Part II, Statistics.

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