Reports and study guides

  • 5 Peacemaking Affirmations for Presbytery Deliberation

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPresbyterian Peacemaking Program

    This brief document contains the key action of the 221st General Assembly (2014) and summarizes the back- ground rationales for each of the five affirmations. The goal is to make this process as inviting as possible for presbytery discussion and voting.

  • A Churchwide Letter Concerning Amendment 10-A (Chinese)

    From Office of the General Assembly


    當總會辦公室等待正式計票結果的時刻,173 個中會超過半數已經通過修改封立準則。

    在2011年5月10日本週二的會議,雙城地區的中會成為第87個認可此項修訂文的中會,此修訂文將刪除憲法規定,要求所有牧師,長老和執事生活在“忠誠地一男一女的婚約或守貞的單身“( 教會法規G-6.0106b)。

  • A Churchwide Letter Concerning Amendment 10-A (Korean)

    From Office of the General Assembly

    미국장로교 (PCUSA)  소속 교회에게 드리는 글

     주 안에서 형제 자매된 여러분들께,

     은혜와 자비와 평강이 여러분 가운데 풍성하기를 기원합니다 (유다서 1:2).

    안수 기준에 관한 찬반 토의는 지난 30년동안 미국장로교회 교인들이 힘들게 다루어왔던 사항입니다.   우리는 모든 교회와 모든 교인, 집사, 장로, 그리고 말씀과 성례전의 목사들이 함께 목회의 은사들을 나눌 수 있는 장소를 찾으려고 노력해 왔습니다.  물론, 동시에 우리들은 모든 교회, 교인, 집사, 장로, 그리고 목사들의 뜻이 존중되는 것을 추구하였습니다.

  • A Churchwide Letter Concerning Amendment 10-A (Spanish)

    From Office of the General Assembly

    A las congregaciones de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EEUUA)

    Estimados hermanos y hermanas en Cristo:

    Reciban ustedes abundancia de misericordia, paz y amor. (Judas 1:2). 

    El debate sobre las normas de ordenación ha sido una lucha en la familia presbiteriana por gran parte de las últimas tres décadas. Hemos tratado de buscar esa posición en la cual cada congregación, cada persona que sea parte de la membresía, cada diácono o diaconiza, anciano o anciana, y ministro o ministra de la Palabra los Sacramentos, puedan compartir sus dones en el ministerio y a la misma vez respetar la integridad de cada congregación, membresía, diácono o diaconiza, anciano o anciana, y ministro o ministra.

  • A Denominational Leader in Addressing Family Violence Issues- A Decade in Review

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    Read a story about how Black Mountain Presbyterian Church in North Carolina addresses family violence issues.

  • A Missional Hermenutic For Approaching the Bible

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    A missional hermeneutic will incorporate and then ultimately move beyond broad overviews of biblical mission toward a focused and contextualized exegetical engagement with particular texts, including those that are not usually understood in terms of mission. This approach is rooted in the conviction that God has a mission in the world and that Christians read Scripture as those called and sent to participate in those divine purposes.

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    A Presbyterian Panel Snapshot: Characteristics of Presbyterians

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    This chart provides a brief overview of what we have learned about Presbyterian members, ruling elders and teaching elders through the Presbyterian Panel. View the snapshot for 2011.

  • A Proposal for Considering the Theology and Practice of Ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - Study guide

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology and Worship

    The 1992 General Assembly commended for church-wide study a report entitled “A Proposal for Considering the Theology and Practice of Ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).”  The report emphasizes the ministry of the whole people of God, and, for the first time in the denomination’s history, explores all three offices (minister, elder, and deacon) in relation to this common ministry.

    The study guide has been prepared to assist congregations and presbyteries in organizing groups to engage in careful reading and discussion of the report.

  • A Reformed Understanding of Usury for the Twenty-First Century

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    This report and its recommendations are in response to the referral of the 216th General Assembly (2004) 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).

  • A Toolkit for Action 2015: Modern Slavery

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyHuman Trafficking

    Use the resources contained within this 47-page packet to explore modern-day slavery and learn how you can help. The packet includes:

    • A guide to its use
    • Articles from Presbyterians Today and Horizons magazine
    • A quiz to test your knowledge of human trafficking
    • A one-session study, "Understanding Human Trafficking 101"
    • A guide to U.S. and international law regarding human trafficking
    • A copy of 2006 PC(USA) policy on human trafficking
    • A guide to using the stories of our faith to gain insight into human trafficking
    • "A Human-rights, Victim-centered Approach to Human Trafficking"
    • "Hosting a Human Trafficking Awareness Training"
    • A poster ...

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