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  • The process toward educator certification

    From Office of the General AssemblyChristian Educators

    The process for Christian Educator and Christian Education Associates in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    Certified Christian Educators in the PC(USA) . . .

    • Are members of the PC(USA)
    • Are employed in educational ministry in a PC(USA) congregation, governing body or agency or have confirmed volunteer status of at least ten (10) hours/week of volunteer service and have completed one year full-time (or its equivalent) work experience
    • Have completed a bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree) or Christian Education Associate level
    • Have requested and received an application and information for certification along with a listing of Certification ...
  • 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.

  • Book of Order 2013-2015

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

     

    The Book of Order, Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) contains The Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, The Form of Government, Directory for Worship, and Rules of Discipline.

    Print/CD Rom copies available for purchase:

    You can download:

    Book of Order in English

    Book of Order en Español (PDF)

    The Book of Order in Korean (PDF)

  • Book of Order 2011-2013

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

     

    The Book of Order, Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) contains The Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, The Form of Government, Directory for Worship, and Rules of Discipline.

    Print/CD Rom copies available for purchase:

    You can download:

    The Book of Order in English

    The Annotated Book of Order in English ...

  • 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
  • How to Submit an Overture

    From Office of the General AssemblyGeneral Assembly

    Information for mid-councils submitting overtures to 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).

  • Transforming Congregations and Other Forms of Corporate Witness

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Constitutional Musing #26.

    Contents:

    • 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 ...

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