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 6-8, 1992, …
This document sets forth a clear vision for social policy and social witness. The accompanying study guide is helpful in describing the "whys" and "hows" of social policy formulation and witness inn the PC(USA) and explains and interprets Reformed patterns of social witness.
Some congregations are wrestling with whether or not to maintain their connection to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Here are just a few of the many reasons for them to choose to remain within the denomination. ►See also Why I Belong
This resource shares the why of Worship Education as well as practical suggestions for making it a part of Faith Formation for all ages with your congregation.
"Why Presbyterians are Like That" is a 10 session bible study designed for College Students and young adults to explore why Presbyterians are the way they are. The study was written by Austin College Chaplain and Dir. of Church Relations Rev. Dr. John Williams and was created as a partnership between UKirk Collegiate Ministries and the Office of Christian Formation in PMA, PCUSA.
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, presbyteries, and local, …
The 220th GA (2012) adopted this resolution in response to economic crisis and the underlying distorted value system that has taken hold, spreading reckless consumerism, deep insecurity and extreme inequalities across America. Understanding communion as our base, it calls for a new covenant to seek a sustainable stewardship society shaped for the common good, with recommendations to help employment, families, neighbors and the church itself.