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Manuals and policies

  • 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).

  • Instructions for entering a PIF (PDF)

    From Office of the General AssemblyChurch Leadership Connection

    Instructions on completing a new Personal Information Form (PIF).

  • A Formula of Agreement

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relations

    The Orderly Exchange of Ordained Ministers of Word and Sacrament

    Principles, Policies, and Procedures

    Participating Churches: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America • Presbyterian Church (USA) • Reformed Church in America • United Church of Christ

    Principles for the Orderly Exchange of Ordained Ministers of Word and Sacrament Background and Affirmations Through adoption of A Formula of Agreement, the Reformed Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Church of Christ entered into a relationship of full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America entered into a relationship of full communion with the Reformed Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Church of Christ. Among other things, full communion means that the four churches “recognize each other’s various ministries and make provision for the orderly exchange of ordained ministers of Word and Sacrament.” (All references to ministers or ordained ministers herein refer to ordained ministers of Word and Sacrament in the four churches.)

  • Online Training for Certification Advisors

    From Office of the General AssemblyChristian Educators

    Become more familiar with the role of a Certification Advisor and the expectations therein by watching this presentation. You can expect to find out more about the relationship between the advisor, the educator, the reference group, the presbytery and the Educator Certification Committee, while also becoming more familiar with the steps of the certification process and how the advisor is involved in each step. Full text is available in the notes section of the presentation. Reading these along with the slides will be most helpful. 

  • Exam System Quick Reference Sheet

    From Office of the General AssemblyPreparation for Ministry

    This Quick Reference Sheet has been prepared to assist presbyteries in the use of the online exam system. It consists of a two-page summary of main operations.

  • CLC User Guide: Clerks of Session

    From Office of the General AssemblyChurch Leadership Connection

    A guide to assist Clerks of Session on how to use the Church Leadership Connection (CLC) system to meet required responsibilities.

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