Councils of the church exist to help congregations and the church as a whole to be more faithful participants in the mission of Christ. The particular responsibility of the councils of the church is to nurture, guide, and govern those who witness as part of the PC(USA), to the end that such witness strengthens the whole church and gives glory to God (G-3.0101).
This document is intended to assist presbyteries and synods of all types and sizes in establishing personnel policies and processes, for the following two reasons:
The guidance in this document seeks to comply with the Book of Order of the PC(USA), and serve as an additional resource to the Book of Order. As with all working documents of the church, if there is a conflict between Book of Order and other documents, the Book of Order prevails.