Manuals and policies

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Being in covenant community in the virtual community of social media

    From Office of the General Assembly221st General Assembly (2014)

    The Church of Jesus Christ has always been an epistolatory community. We are a going and telling faith.The earliest church communicated through the written word – the media of their era – bringing the body of Christ together when they could not be together bodily. We lift up many of these epistles as scripture.

    Social media brings immediacy to how and with whom we communicate Social media gives people a chance to share ideas and think aloud with many communitiessimultaneously. Attending or observing a General Assembly, we can instantly share our thoughts with others ...

  • Exam System User's Guide

    From Office of the General AssemblyPreparation for Ministry

    Preparation for Ministry Reporting User's Guide

    This User's Guide has been prepared to assist presbyteries in the use of the online system used for managing inquirer/candidate rolls, reviewing ordination exam results, and reporting ordination exam readers to the Office of the General Assembly. It provides screen shots and full descriptions on how to use the system.

  • Session Personnel Committee guidelines

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This 31-page manual helps a session organize and structure a personnel committee for all employees of the congregation. It provides help for adopting personnel policies, writing positions descriptions, work planning, annual reviews, professional development and compensation. Samples are provided in the appendix Z.

  • Exhibitor Guide - 221st General Assembly (2014)

    From Office of the General Assembly221st General Assembly (2014)

    UPDATED 5/23/14

    This guide contains many of the details that you will need to know in order for your experience to be successful. Please read it carefully and distribute it to others in your organization who may need the information. Direct any inquiries and comments to Andrew Yeager-Buckley, the Exhibit Manager in the Office of the General Assembly.

  • Instructions for entering a MIF (PDF)

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Instructions for completing a new Ministry Information Form (MIF).

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