Reports and study guides

  • Report on the Inquiry of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church - Appendix B

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    A message from PC(USA) Stated Clerk, Clifton Kirkpatrick to EPC Stated Clerk, Jeffery Jeremiah

    I still look forward to an opportunity for us to mcet face to face, but even prior to that time I need to seek clarification from you about several issues related to EPC's proposed "transitional
    presbytery" and how that might relate to our churches seeking to be dismissed to the EPC through that presbytery. I obviously wish we were not dealing with these issues of division, but
    since we are, I hope we can do it in ways that do not damage the relationships ...

  • Report on the Inquiry of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church - Appendix C

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    Comparison of PC(USA), NWAC, and Two Other USA Presbyterian Denominations

  • Review of Ecumenical Agencies - NCCC

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    The purpose of this report is twofold. It is the review committee’s intention not only to fulfill the requirements established by the General Assembly but also to provide a resource that will educate our church on the goals of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (NCCC) and the nature of the church’s commitment to the NCCC. It is important to remind our church that the NCCC is not just a religious organization but also a council of which we as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are members.

  • Review of Ecumenical Agencies - WARC

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    “As an expression of the one holy catholic and apostolic church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has never been able to live in comfortable detachment from other churches. Instead, we search for diverse patterns of the visible unity of Christ’s church, seeking concord in essential things: faith, sacraments, mission, and ministry. Such forms of communion are both signs of the church’s unity and means by which the church’s unity is achieved… The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in gratitude for God’s grace and mercy, commits itself to faithful use of God’s gifts in the ...

  • Review of Ecumenical Agencies - WCC

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    At the 212th General Assembly (2000), and in response to concerns voiced within the General Assembly Council (GAC), the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical Relations (GACER) was
    asked to design a process “for review of councils and other ecumenical alliances to which the PC(USA) belongs.” The 213th General Assembly (2001) approved the decision, and the 214th General Assembly
    (2002) received the first such review document, which reported on the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. This year a review team will bring to the assembly the second in the series, a review of the
    World Council of Churches (WCC). The ...

  • Ruling Elder Search Game

    From Office of the General AssemblyRuling Elders

    Download this game which entails finding other ruling elders who have engaged in a variety of ministries and activities through their ministry.

  • Ruling Elders Polity Workshop

    From Office of the General AssemblyVocational Ministries

    This is the handout for the Ruling Elders workshop facilitated by Molly Casteel and Martha Miller.

  • Ruling Elders Workshop

    From Office of the General AssemblyRuling Elders

    Elder Training led by Peggy Hinds, Associate General Presbyter, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. Friday, August 2, 8:00pm 

    Session 3: "The Ruling Elder: Leading in Congregational Life"
    Offered ruling elders the opportunity to integrate information from sessions 1 and 2 into the congregational setting, through engagement with case studies. This is the matching game resource.

  • Ruling Elders Workshop

    From Office of the General AssemblyRuling Elders

    Elder Training led by Peggy Hinds, Associate General Presbyter, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. Friday, August 2, 2:00pm 

    Session 1: "The Ruling Elder: Presbyterian Polity"
    Provided an overview of Presbyterian polity, its history and theology, and the way it influences the life of a congregation and the ministry of ruling elders.

  • Ruling Elders Workshop

    From Office of the General AssemblyRuling Elders

    Elder Training led by Peggy Hinds, Associate General Presbyter, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. Friday, August 2, 4:00pm 

    Session 2: "The Ruling Elder: Roles and Responsibilities"
    Explored the role of ruling elders in their ministry of discernment and governance. The responsibilities of session were also covered.

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