Sample bylaws for congregations

Sample bylaws for congregations. Edits of Appendixes S  and T (1997 version with new FOG references).

You may also download the Word document for adapting it for use by congregations. 

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  1. Thank you so much for sending this sample copy of bylaws. It is exactly what we need as we begn reviewing the bylaws of East Stroudsburg Presbyterian Church. In Christ, Barbara Braithwaite, Clerk of Session

    by Barbara Braithwaite

    February 8, 2013

  2. This download also contains an outline for a "Manual of Administrative Operation". Many Session could satisfy G-3.0106 para. 3 by adapting this outline to cite, rather than incorporate, their existing policies, giving name, date of adoption or cognizant group/committee/team. Incorporating existing policies by reference, rather than creating a new document, should facilitate future updates. For example, the calendar for Christ Presbyterian Church (yourcpc . net / calendar) is updated every time the Session meets. Thus our Manual for Operations would point to our website. Incorporating by reference within a Manual for Operations would also facilitate structuring or restructuring a council to match form to mission, as unaffected policies would merely be cited in a new location.

    by Robert Shaw

    August 13, 2011

  3. The new Form of Government is contained in the new edition of the 2011-2013 Book of Order and can be ordered at (Scroll down to the third item on the page.)

    by Sharon Youngs

    July 11, 2011

  4. Dr. Warner Bailey would like to have a copy of the new form of government book for his congregation

    by Dr. Warner Bailey

    July 11, 2011