The Constitution of the PC(USA)

The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is composed of two parts: The Book of Order and the Book of Confessions. These can be downloaded free from the website by clicking HERE.

The PCUSA is always open to change. Overtures to the General Assembly come from Presbyteries, but most overtures begin at the local church level. To find out more about sending an Overture to the General Assembly, click: How to Submit an Overture to General Assembly.

F-1.0401 Continuity and Change The presbyterian form of government set forth in the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is grounded in Scripture and built around the marks of the true Church. It is in all things subject to the Lord of the Church. In the power of the Spirit, Jesus Christ draws worshiping communities and individual believers into the sovereign activity of the triune God at all times and places. As the Church seeks reform and fresh direction, it looks to Jesus Christ who goes ahead of us and calls us to follow him. United with Christ in the power of the Spirit, the Church seeks “not [to] be conformed to this world, but [to] be transformed by the renewing of [our] minds, so that [we] may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom. 12:2).


The Manual of the Presbytery of east tennessee

The Administrative Manual of the Presbytery of East Tennessee defines our system of standard procedures for implementing the Constitution on a local level.
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policies of the presbytery

  1. Family Leave Policy

  2. Sabbatical Leave Policy

  3. Sexual Misconduct Policy

PC(USA) Documents and Resources

Policies and guidelines of the PCUSA

A more complete listing of denominational policies is at:

  1. Standards of Ethical Conduct (1998)

  2. Sexual Misconduct Policy (2013)

  3. Advisory Handbook for Councils


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