Manuals and policies

  • Misrepresentations about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    The Office of the General Assembly has had an increase in the number of inquiries about printed materials from outside of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), being distributed within congregations, that ascribe to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) beliefs and standards which are meant to show that the church is no longer worthy of support. Over the past years the list of these misrepresentations have varied little and most have been answered in detail in the religious press, study papers adopted by the church or by specific action of the General Assembly. Whenever possible, the Office of the General Assembly directs those who inquire about specific conclusions drawn by these papers to resources which give a broader understanding of the issues.

    Typically the materials being circulated focus on four broad areas of concern, each of which speaks to the core of who we are as a denomination and a covenant community. In response to these recent inquiries, we remind the church about who the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is both historically and in our current ministry.

  • Outline of General Assembly Policy related to Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    How does the The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (SB744) measure up to General Assembly policy? Take a look at this new resource to evaluate a broad summary of the legislation, General Assembly policy, and get resources for a more in-depth analysis of the legislation.

  • Manual of the 221st General Assembly (2014)

    From Office of the General AssemblyGeneral Assembly

    This document includes:

    • Standing Rules
    • Guidelines and Policies
    • Organization for Mission
  • Organization for Mission of the PC(USA)

    From Presbyterian Mission Agency

    Organization for Mission of the PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)

    Updated: 6/25/13

  • Churchwide Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Plan

    From Presbyterian Mission Agency

    Churchwide Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Plan

  • How to Submit an Overture

    From Office of the General AssemblyGeneral Assembly

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

  • Advisory Handbook for Preparation for Ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    From Office of the General AssemblyPreparation for Ministry

    The latest revision is identifiable by the date "March 2013" on the cover page and "Release 1.4" on the copyright page. Provides moderators, presbytery staff, and applicants with an overview of the process and resources, its intentions and goals.

  • 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).

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