Manuals and policies
Jesus Christ and the New Form of Government
Building a Community of Faith, Hope, Love and Witness
- Jesus Christ and the Mission of the Church
- Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church (F-1.02)
- Jesus Christ Calls and Equips the Church (F-1.0202)
- Jesus Christ Gives the Church its Life & Scripture (F-1.0203)
- Jesus Christ is the Church’s Hope (F-1.0204)
- Jesus Christ is the Foundation of the Church (F-1.0205)
- The Church is sent to be Christ’s Faithful Evangelist (F-1.0302(d))
- Jesus Christ Calls the Church Ahead (F-1.0401)
- Jesus Christ is the Foundation & Standard for All Ministry (G-2.0101)
- Questions for Discussion
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.
On Providing Just Access to Reproductive Health Care (Item 21-03)
The 220th General Assembly (2012) approved the following resolution, as amended, with comment and original rationale (not policy).
Comparison of Heidelberg Catechism (current to proposed): the current wording of the Heidelberg catechism compared, side by side, with the proposed new translation of the catechism.
The Arab Awakening (or Spring) revealed a thirst for dignity and freedom long suppressed by dictators, some supported by the US. Sensitive to Muslim-Christian differences on the relationship of religious and political institutions, this resolution by the 2012 General Assembly presents Reformed Christian principles for encouraging democratic rule and recommendations for shifting US foreign policy toward human rights and cooperative security. Serving broader human aspirations should also help protect Christian and other minority populations. Hard copies can also be ordered for $2 each at http://store.pcusa.org/2405212002
Read the Human Rights Update 2012 developed by The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) of the General Assembly Mission Council.
Find five actions for Asian congregations in the PC(USA)