Manuals and policies

  • How to Submit an Overture

    From Office of the General AssemblyGeneral Assembly

    Information for mid-councils submitting overtures to the General Assembly.

  • 2013 Shareholder Resolutions Directory with Proxy Voting Recommendations

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyMission Responsibility Through Investment

    The Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) met on February 8, 2013, and reviewed shareholder resolutions being submitted to corporations for their 2013 Annual Meetings. These resolutions concern social and ethical issues related to the corporations' business operations and policies. MRTI adopted recommendations on voting of proxies in support or opposition to these resolutions, or whether a formal vote of abstention should be recorded.

  • A Manual for Moderators!

    From Office of the General AssemblyModerators' Conference 2013

    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 2013 Moderators' Conference. 11/12/13

    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 ...

  • 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).

  • Transforming Congregations and Other Forms of Corporate Witness

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Constitutional Musing #26.


    • How does mission relate to transferring congregations?
    • What parties must approve a congregation's transfer?
    • Can a congregations transfer to a presbytery that it does not directly border?
    • Can a congregation transfer to a presbytery in a different synod?
    • Can worshipping communities, fellowships, new church developments, or other forms of corporate witness transfer into a presbytery that is not their geographic presbytery?
    • Where are non-geographic presbyteries found in the Book of Order?
    • Can a racial ethnic or immigrant entity that is not a congregation join or transfer to a presbytery that is not in its geographic ...
  • Middle Governing Body Search Committee Guidelines

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    The contents of this manual are the results of sharing the experiences of persons across the church and over the years. Sources used in the preparation of this material include: the Council on Administrative Services Manual, Guidebook for Governing Body Search Committees, materials from the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, the Synod of the Trinity, the Synod of Lincoln Trails, the Synod of the Southwest, the Reformed Church in America, and numerous conversations with practitioners in middle governing bodies. Thanks to all who shared their experiences and materials.

  • Manual of Administrative Operations

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyMission Program Grants

    The Manual of Administrative Operations describes the work of the Mission Development Resources Committee.  The contents of the manual remain flexible allowing amendments and additions to be made as recommended by the committee and approved by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.

  • The Session and the New Form of Government

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    Building a Community of Faith, Hope, Love and Witness

    • The Session: a Council of the Church and Expression of Unity & Mutuality
    • The Session: Discerning Leaders attending to the holy spirit
    • The Session’s Responsibilities (G-3.0201)
    • Session Meetings (G-3.0203 and G-3.0201)
    • Session Minutes and Records (G-3.0204)
    • Session Relations with Other Councils (G-3.0202)
    • Finances (G-3.0205)
    • The Session’s Role in Developing Manuals, Policies & Obtaining Insurance
    • Some Questions the Session must Prayerfully discern and consider
    • Discussion Questions for your session
    • Resources for Communal Discernment
  • The Missional Church and the New Form of Government

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    Building a Community of Faith, Hope, Love and Witness

    • The Missional Church: Presbyterian Church (USA)
    • God’s Mission (F-1.01)
    • A Mission-Focused “Form of Government”
    • Question for Discussion
  • Jesus Christ is Head of the Church

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    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

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