Manuals and policies

  • Covenanting with inquirers and candidates — A background paper

    From Office of the General AssemblyPreparation for Ministry

    Establishing and maintaining a relationship between an inquirers and candidates and a Committee on Preparation for Ministry through the use of covenants depends on two basic assumptions about the preparation for ministry process. The first is that inquirer or candidate grows and develops as a person with skills for ministry during the period of inquiry/candidacy. The second is that it is the business of the Committee on Preparation for Ministry to be deliberately and creatively involved in fostering that growth.

  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Policy for Commissioners and Advisory Delegates to the 222nd General Assembly (2016)

    From Office of the General Assembly222nd General Assembly (2016)

    The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly has approved the following Dependent Care Reimbursement Policy for the upcoming General Assembly.  Briefly, it seeks to be both more generous and flexible by providing for an increased maximum reimbursement for dependent care expenses incurred during the assembly (up to $800 for one dependent, and $400 per each additional dependent) and recognizing additional categories of expenses eligible for reimbursement. The main part of the policy specifies that:

    Commissioner or Advisory Delegate may include in vouchered expense, the cost of dependent care under the following circumstances:

    • The dependent is a child under ...
  • Distorsiones sobre la Iglesia Presbiteriana (E.U.A.)

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    La Oficina de la Asamblea General ha visto un aumento en el número de indagaciones sobre materiales impresos fuera de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (E.U.A.), que se están distribuyendo en nuestras congregaciones y que atribuyen a la Iglesia Presbiteriana (E.U.A.) creencias y estándares que pretenden demostrar que la iglesia ya no es digna de apoyo. En los últimos años la lista de distorsiones ha variado poco y la mayoría se han contestado en detalle en la prensa religiosa, en documentos de estudio adoptados por la iglesia o por acción específica de la Asamblea General.[i]  Siempre que es posible, la Oficina de la Asamblea General responde a quienes indagan sobre conclusiones específicas extraidas de estos documentos dirigiéndoles hacia recursos que brindan una visión más amplia de los asuntos.

  • Educator Certification Handbook

    From Office of the General AssemblyChristian Educators

    The handbook is the most recent version, dated 2017. This Handbook is provided to assist Christian educators to become:

    • Certified Christian Educators
    • Christian Education Associates
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Exhibitor Guide - 222nd General Assembly (2016)

    From Office of the General Assembly222nd General Assembly (2016)

    UPDATED 5/9/16

    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.

  • FAQ Gracious Dismissal Policies after Tom vs. the Presbytery of San Francisco

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    In 2008, at the direction of the 219th General Assembly, the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) sent a resolution to the presbyteries, synods and sessions, “indicating the will of the assembly that presbyteries and synods develop and make available to lower governing bodies and local congregations a process that exercises the responsibility and power ‘to divide, dismiss, or dissolve churches in consultation with their members’ with consistency, pastoral responsibility, accountability, gracious witness, openness, and transparency.”1 Accordingly, Gracious Dismissal Policies may be used by councils to offer clarity and guide their process when discerning whether and how a particular congregation could be dismissed from the PC(USA).

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