Manuals and policies

  • 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 ...
  • Middle Governing Body Search Committee Guidelines

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils Search

    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
  • An Overview of the new Form of Government

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    In 2006, the 217th General Assembly created the Form Government Task Force and charged this Task Force to draft a Revised Form of Government. In 2008, this Task Force presented its report to the 218th General Assembly. This Report included: the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, a revised Form of Government, and the Advisory Handbook for Councils. The 218th General Assembly referred the Task Force’s Report to the Office of General Assembly for a period of church-wide study and response. After taking into account these responses and adding members of the assembly committee that studied the Report to the task force, the expanded Task Force produced a new draft to be considered by the 219th General Assembly. In 2010, the 219th General Assembly voted to approve an amendment to the previous form of government and directed the Stated Clerk to send this amendment to the presbyteries for a vote.In late spring 2011, the majority of Presbyteries approved this amendment. Accordingly, the new Form of Government took effect on July 10, 2011, one year after the 219th General Assembly. As a whole, the new Form of government is the result of the work not only of three General Assemblies and two task forces, but also expresses the input of more than twenty years of expressed need to review and revise PCUSA’s Form of Government.

  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Resolution on Reproductive Health

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    On Providing Just Access to Reproductive Health Care  (Item 21-03)

    The 220th General Assembly (2012) approved the following resolution, as amended, with  comment and original rationale (not policy).

  • Comparison of Heidelberg Catechism (current to proposed)

    From Office of the General Assembly220th General Assembly (2012)

    Comparison of Heidelberg Catechism (current to proposed): the current wording of the Heidelberg catechism compared, side by side, with the proposed new translation of the catechism.

  • New Worshiping Community Definition

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyMission Program Grants

                  

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