Docket in your pocket

Stated clerk unveils compact edition of the Form of Government

March 12, 2012

The “2011 Special Edition” of the PC(USA)’s new Form of Government

The “2011 Special Edition” of the PC(USA)’s new Form of Government is pocket-sized. —Jerry L. Van Marter


The technological age has brought us many pocket-sized wonders: telephones, cameras, computers, music-players.

Now, for Presbyterians, there’s a new mini-wonder: a pocket-sized “2011 Special Edition” of the denomination’s new Form of Government.

“We believe this is a transformative Form of Government,” says General Assembly Stated Clerk the Rev. Gradye Parsons, speaking of the new landmark constitutional document ratified last year. “So it deserves special attention.” 

The compact edition includes the new Form of Government and its companion “Foundations of Presbyterian Polity.” With a black cover and gold embossed lettering, it measures just 4 x 6 x 5/8 inches ― almost identical in size to a Presbyterian Book of Christian Order published in 1908.

“Polity-wise, we really are getting back to what we used to be,” Parsons notes.

The compact volume is admittedly “commemorative,” Parsons says. “We know it’ll be out of date by the time the next Assembly approves the next batch of amendments.

“But this book represents a special moment in the history of the church.”

Parsons believes the pocket volume will be used as a gift for “those who are or who have been key leaders in the church, such as retiring presbytery moderators or clerks.”

Copies of the limited run of the book are available for $20 at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s online store.

  1. Even a downloadable PDF files for the various documents/books would be great so we could do searches on a PC for specific words, etc.

    by Claudia Sweger

    May 24, 2012

  2. Would love to see a Kindle version...

    by Joy Myers

    March 23, 2012

  3. An app would be great!

    by Polly Deppen

    March 14, 2012

  4. Would love to have at least a Kindle version of the major PCUSA resources: Book of Confession, Book of Order, Book of Common Worship, and Book of Occasional Services.

    by Christian Boyd

    March 13, 2012

  5. How about an ap for all of our smartphones?

    by Liz Kanerva

    March 13, 2012

  6. How about an electronic edition for smart phones and tablets? It is the technological age, after all.

    by Kent Carter

    March 13, 2012