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DOWNLOADABLE EPC RESOURCES

Welcome to the EPC’s downloadable resource center. On this page you can access a wide variety of EPC documents and forms, including the Book of Order, General Assembly minutes, Position Papers, Pastoral Letters, as well as a wide variety of commonly used EPC forms, such as those used in approving candidates and calling ministers.

NOTE: Many of these forms are fillable pdf files and will open in a new browser tab. When the form opens in the browser, right-click the form (or use “Save As” from the menu) and save it to your computer before entering any information, then complete the form. If you complete the form in your browser, your information will not be saved.

Use these quick links to navigate to the appropriate section:

CONSTITUTION AND DOCTRINE

Book of Order

The current Book of Order contains Rules for Assembly, Acts of Assembly, and Forms for Discipline as amended through the 36th General Assembly (2016). To navigate the volume online, use the bookmarks panel on the PDF.

A spiral-bound printed edition is available at www.epcresources.org.

Westminster Confession of Faith

This Modern English version has electronic chapter bookmarks. Download to your computer, and set your Acrobat Reader to view bookmarks (View > Show/Hide > Navigation Panes > Bookmarks).

A spiral-bound printed edition is available at www.epcresources.org.

The Essentials

The Essentials expresses historic Christian beliefs common to all true believers and churches worldwide, and defines core beliefs of the Christian faith. However, it is not a substitute for the Westminster Confession of Faith.

A tract-sized printed edition is available at www.epcresources.org.

Larger Catechism

Traditional English version

Larger Catechism

Modern English version

Shorter Catechism

Traditional English version

TRAINING MANUALS AND STUDY GUIDES

Ruling Elder Exam Handbook

Prepared by the Presbytery of the Alleghenies for churches entering the EPC

Leadership Training Guide

In addition to the downloadable pdf here, a spiral-bound, printed version is available for purchase from www.epcresources.org.

Procedure Manual for Ministerial and Candidates Committees

In addition to the downloadable pdf here, a spiral-bound, printed version is available for purchase from www.epcresources.org.

Written Ordination Exam Study Guide

Theology, Sacraments, Reformed Tradition

POSITION PAPERS

A Position Paper identifies the positions of the EPC to the world. Each is intended to set forth the "mind" of the General Assembly on some particular issue or subject. It is not intended to be a thorough theological statement, nor a complete exegetical biblical study. The purpose of such a Position Paper is to enable the EPC to make a statement to itself, the Christian community, and the world in general on a subject of recurring interest, or one on which there is current compelling interest. Position Papers are neither part of the EPC Constitution nor represent in-and-of-themselves "essentials" of the church.

A Position Paper is approved through several steps. It is first introduced in a preliminary form and approved by the General Assembly. Next, it is circulated among the presbyteries for comment for a minimum of one year. Finally, it requires approval by a second General Assembly.

The following Position Papers have been authorized by the EPC and are available in pdf format:

PASTORAL LETTERS

A Pastoral Letter is intended to shine the light of God's Word broadly on an area of general concern to the Church. It is not as definitive as a Position Paper, and requires the approval of only one General Assembly. The primary purpose of a Pastoral Letter is to guide churches within the EPC, rather than to identify our positions to the world.

The following Pastoral Letters have been authorized for use within the EPC and can be downloaded in pdf format:

MISSIONAL RESOURCES

Missional Church Primer

Fall 2007 report explaining the roots of the missional church discussion and its implications

Toward a Stronger Future

Prepared by the EPC Long Range Planning Committee, June 2006

Session Discussion Questions

Assessment tool based on Missional Church Primer and Toward a Stronger Future

OTHER RESOURCES

GENERAL ASSEMBLY MINUTES

36th General Assembly

June 21–25, 2016
Ward EPC
Northville, Michigan

35th General Assembly

June 23–27, 2015
First Presbyterian Church
Orlando, Florida

34th General Assembly

June 17–21, 2014
Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church
Knoxville, Tennessee

33rd General Assembly

June 19–22, 2013
Cherry Hills Community Church
Highlands Ranch, Colorado

32nd General Assembly

June 20–23, 2012
First Presbyterian Church
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

31st General Assembly

June 22–25, 2011
Hope Presbyterian Church
Cordova, Tennessee

30th General Assembly

June 23-26, 2010
Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church
Englewood, Colorado

29th General Assembly

June 24–27, 2009
Cornerstone EPC
Brighton, Michigan

28th General Assembly

June 18–21, 2008
Fourth Presbyterian Church
Bethesda, Maryland

27th General Assembly

June 20–23, 2007
Cherry Hills Community Church
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Additional General Assembly minutes will be posted as they become available.

FORMS FOR ENDORSING AND RECEIVING MINISTERIAL CANDIDATES

FORMS FOR MINISTERIAL AND SEARCH COMMITTEES

FORMS FOR CONSTITUTING AND ORGANIZING CHURCHES

MISSION CHURCH

PARTICULAR (LOCAL) CHURCH

GENERAL ASSEMBLY FORMS

Nomination Endorsement Form

For sessions and presbyteries to submit names to the Nominating Committee for service on EPC permanent committees. Includes nominating process and committee descriptions.

Memorials Form

For Clerks of Session to inform the EPC Memorials and Appreciation Committee of any Ruling Elder or Teaching Elders in their church who passed away since the previous General Assembly.

SERVICE FORMS

The Sacrament of Baptism (Adults)

Book of Worship
Section 3-2F

The Sacrament of Baptism (Infants)

Book of Worship
Section 3-2G

The Sacrament of The Lord's Supper

Book of Worship
Section 3-3

The Reception of New Members

Book of Government
Section 9-2D

The Ordination and Installation of a Minister

Book of Government
Section 14-1A

The Ordination and Installation of Ruling Elders

Book of Government
Section 14-1E

The Ordination and Installation of Deacons

Book of Government
Section 14-1E

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