Publications and periodicals

  • 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.

  • A Theological Understanding between Christians and Jews

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology and Worship

    What is the relationship which God intends between Christians and Jews, between Christianity and Judaism? A theological understanding of this relationship is the subject which this paper addresses.

  • A Theological Understanding of the Relationship Between Christians and Jews

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Christians and Jews live side by side in our pluralistic American society.  We engage one another not only in personal and social ways but also at deeper levels where ultimate values are expressed and where a theological understanding of our relationship is required.  The confessional documents of the Reformed tradition are largely silent on this matter.  Hence this paper has been prepared by the church as a pastoral and teaching document to provide a basis for continuing discussion within the Presbyterian community in the Unted States and to offer guidance for the occasions in which Presbyterians and Jews converse, cooperate ...

  • A Theology of Compensation: A Study Paper

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    by Walter Brueggemann

    (Minutes, 195th General Assembly (1983), Part I; pp. 694-703

  • A Theology of Vocation

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPreparation for Ministry

    Resource publication produced by Dr. Jack L. Stotts, former president of Austin Theological Seminary, which shares insights on issues related to call, vocation and preparation for ministry.

  • A Workshop Design for the Confession of Belhar

    From Office of the General AssemblySpecial Committee on the Confession of Belhar

    There are a variety of ways to use this workshop design. One suggestion: when learning with large groups, gather in the large group for singing hymns, prayers, and presentation of material and separate into small groups of 6-8 persons for reading and discussion.

    The workshop can be completed in one, 50-60 minute session or in three sessions of 15-20 minutes each. To use the workshop design for the three sessions, the first session ends after the first set of Small Group Questions, Discussion, and Large Group Sharing; the second session ends after the second set of Small Group Questions, Discussion ...

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