Publications and periodicals

  • A Celebration of That All May Enter

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) recommends that the 212th General Assembly (2000) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) prepare to celebrate, reaffirm, and recommit to That All May Enter (Minutes UPCUSA, 1977, Part I, pp. 99-108) as the basis for a call to greater concern for the inclusion of all members in every aspect of the life and work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

  • A Field Guide to Presbyterian Congregations: Who’s Going Where and Why

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    Conducted by the PC(USA) Research Services office, the U.S. Congregational Life Survey tallied responses from 40,000 worshipers in a national study of Presbyterian congregations.  In the fall of 2008 and the spring of 2009 a random sample of 521 PC(USA) congregations participated in the U.S. Congregational Life Survey.  The survey was given in worship and included the responses of all worshipers age 15 and older.  In 2001, a random sample of 523 PC(USA) congregations participated. 

    A Field Guide to Presbyterian Congregations:  Who’s Going Where and Why (available through Presbyterian Distribution Services, order item ...

  • A History of Spiritual Formation in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencySpiritual Formation

    A history of Spiritual Formation in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 1981-2005

  • A Message from the Colloquium on the Accra and Belhar Confessions

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    A Message from the Colloquium on the Accra and Belhar Confessions
    Stony Point, New York, USA, January 15-17, 2010 (Martin Luther King Day Weekend)

  • A New Vision for National Ordination Examinations: An Invitation to Discussion

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPreparation for Ministry

    Drawing on the work of the predecessor self-study by the PCCEC, the task force has drafted this preliminary report. It offers background information about the exams and presents some proposals concerning preparation for the exams within the overall context of the preparation for ministry process and the timing and locations for writing the exams.

  • A Pastoral Rule

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology and Worship

    Pastoral leadership is hard work.  The challenge of sustaining faithful service to Jesus Christ and those who seek to follow him is real.  And it is an abiding challenge.  How can it be done?

    Across its history the church has discerned disciplines that sustain faithful service in pastoral leadership.  These disciplines have been gathered together to help pastoral leaders measure their own practice of ministry –  to be grateful for areas where they are strong, and to identify practices that can strengthen them as pastoral leaders.  These documents have often (though not always) been titled “Rule.”  Rule in this sense is ...

  • A Reformed Understanding of Usury

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This report and its recommendations are in response to the following referral:  2004 Referral:  Item 10-09.  On Preparing a Policy Statement on Usury in the United States - From the Presbytery of Utah (Minutes, 2004, Part I, pp. 60, 798-99).

    The 216th General Assembly (2004)'s referred Item 10-09, an overture from the Presbytery of Utah as amended (Minutes, 2004, Part I, pp. 60, 798-99), to the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy to investigate the question of usury in the United States and to prepare a resolution for the 217th General Assembly (2006) that would achieve the following:

     1. More ...

  • A Report on Economic Security For Older Adults

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Emphasizing the common good has clear implications for improving the economic security of older Americans. For example, Social Security is not a personal retirement plan but a social insurance program— a compact with other people, other generations, and the United States government. The essence of social insurance is community, that is, we are all in this together as God’s children. It also affirms the responsibility to make health insurance available to all Americans, not just to one’s own family.

  • A Soldier Reflects

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPresbyterian Peacemaking Program

    These journal entries come from a young soldier deployed to Iraq during the early days of the war in 2003. He has shared his reflections, anonymously, so that others may know something of what young men and women in the military faced.

  • A Study on Islam

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyInterfaith Relations

    The 199th General Assembly adopted this document in 1987. It contains helpful perspectives on Islam and Presbyterian-Muslim relations.

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