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2011-2013 Book of Order Changes

Changes in Form of Government (nFOG)

On this page: nFOG WorkshopsOnline ResourcesBackground
Information/Questions Contact: Presbytery Stated Clerk Wendy Tajima



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Amendment 10-A (2.0104b)
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nFOG BACKGROUND:

The "Form of Government" section of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has been rewritten and approved by the 219th GA (2010) and ratified by just over half the presbyteries. This section (the "G-" section of the Book of Order) is now focused on the essentials of how the Presbyterian Church is to administer our mission at all levels.

Because much of the details of administration are no longer in the Form of Government, congregations and presbyteries need to ensure they have written policies and procedures for how they will administer mission. In the short-term, it is suggested that churches adopt the former Form of Government (from 2009-2011) as their administrative manual, until they have opportunity to revisit and adjust the policies to fit their needs.

Presbytery of the Pacific has gathered several consultants to work with the Stated Clerk to help local churches as well as the Presbytery to transition to the new Form of Government. This fall, we will also hold training sessions on the new Form of Government for anyone interested (especially pastors and elders, now referred to as Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders).

But first, the Presbytery's Stated Clerk Wendy Tajima offers this advice:

The number one piece of advice: Breathe. It is expected that this transition will take months. And as the current Moderator of the PC(USA) recently said, "There are no nFOG Police."

(And you might want to look at the excellent summary of decisions to be made which is listed first in the Resources section.)

We also have consultants who can work with a church as you consider your transition to the new Form of Government. If you have questions, please contact the Stated Clerk.

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Online Resources

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Background material:

The slideshow presentation (FOG 101) is by Paul Hooker, co-moderator of the nFOG task force, giving an overview on the background and top-level changes in the new Form of Government. The accompanying document, "Missional Ecclesiology" is essay by Paul Hooker on what it means to be a missional church, and what kind of polity should support it.

More Resources:

Is there a quick guide to what's changed and what hasn't?

These are summary lists of what changes and what does NOT change from the old Form of Government, prepared by Donna Wells, Acting Stated Clerk of Greater Atlanta Presbytery

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Questions? Please contact the Stated Clerk.

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