Reports and study guides
A report adopted by the 205th General Assembly (1993) and revised by the 212th General Assembly (2000).
The report on "Why and How the Church Makes a Social Policy Witness" explores and responds to the discomfort experienced by some members and congregations with the social witness policies and programs of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The task force was appointed in 1988 by the Committee on Social Witness Policy (CSWP). The CSWP sent this report to the 204th General Assembly (1992) for purposes of study. A consultation between the General Assembly Council and the sixteen synods
was held November ...
Win-lose, in one form or another, appears to be the prevailing strategy for making decisions and resolving conflicts in the church. This is true of local churches, regional church bodies such as Presbyteries, conferences, districts, synods, or dioceses, and it is true of national agency staffs and boards. Without counting the costs of win-lose, church members and leaders have tended to create competitive norms and operating procedures within their organizations.
Guidelines on evangelism for Presbyterians, based on 195th and 199th General Assembly Actions.
A report on "Women and AIDS – A Global Crisis" from the 213th General Assembly.
Responding to the deepening economic crisis of our times, the 219th General Assembly (2010) recognized a preliminary statement of concern, Living Through Economic Crisis: The Church’s Witness in Troubled Times (Minutes, 2010, Part I, pp. 733ff of electronic copy; pp.323–24 of the print copy), and proceeded to authorize further study of the problem with recommendations for faithful action by the church. Specifically, the General Assembly asked for a study that “assesses the long-term implications of our current economic trends and practices, including their impact on the church itself, and provides appropriate recommendations for consideration by members, congregations ...
Across the PC(USA), new and varied forms of church are being raised up by leaders seeking to ignite discipleship and transformation. These new worshiping communities have the potential to help the PC(USA) shift from an inward-focused, membership-maintenance model of church to a more outward-focused, creative, and disciple-making model.
"Worshiping the Triune God" is a 2010 document of the World Communion of Reformed Churches that seeks to identify central things and primary principles for worship. The document is composed as a series of beatitudes or wisdom sayings, with succinct and evocative statements on worship from an international and ecumencially Reformed perspective. This would be a good resource for sessions and worship committees to study and discuss. Related sites: Presbyterian Worship, Resources and Publications.
This document includes:
- Hospitality House: Overview and Vision
- 15 Things to Consider as you Launch Hospitality House
- Volunteers Exploring Vocation Discernment Journal
- Facilitator's Resource Book: Volunteer's Exploring Vocation
- Rules for Community Living
- Hospitality Houses featured in webinar: Bethany Presbyterian House of Hospitality (Trenton, NJ), The Common House (Waynesburg, PA), and AYAVA House (Austin, TX)
- Contact information for Sponsors and Panelists
Tributes, Districts, Reapings and Mockingjays … The Hunger Games trilogy is ready to commence in your youth room!
Join the millions of readers, young and not so young, in entering this fantastic and powerful story of a post-apocolyptic world dependent on its young to survive.
You are invited to use this free resource, developed by two Presbyterian youth workers, to explore themes of courage, friendship and alliance!
A study guide to accompany the DVD “Cherishing God’s Earth”