Reports and study guides
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.
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
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.
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).
The Association of Presbyterian Interim Ministry Specialists asked Research Services to conduct a survey that would help them do the best job they could as interims. Research Services constructed four questionnaires—one each for the following four constituencies: (1) presbytery executives, (2) chairs of presbytery committees on ministry, (3) clerks of session in congregations that had had an interim pastor, and (4) pastors who followed an interim pastor.
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 ...
- A guide to its use
Use the resources contained within this 40-page packet to explore modern-day slavery and learn how you can help.
This handout was presented by Keith Geckeler during his presentation to the Mid Council Commission II. Keith will be the commissions representative from the Advisory Committee on the Constitution.
Summary of the of the work ACSWP does, complied at the 2012 General Assembly.
AIDS Study: Item 10-01. On Directing the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy to Develop a New Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Policy for the Church - 218th General Assembly
Report of Item 10-01: On Directing the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy to Develop a New Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Policy for the Church from the 218th General Assembly.