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, as well as a wide variety of 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
Training Manuals and Study Guides
General Assembly Minutes
Forms for Endorsing and Receiving Ministerial Candidates
Forms for Ministerial Committees and Search Committees
Forms for Organizing and Constituting Churches
Forms for General Assembly
CONSTITUTION AND DOCTRINE
The current Book of Order contains Rules for Assembly, Acts of Assembly, and Forms for Discipline as amended through the 40th General Assembly (2020). To navigate the volume online, use the bookmarks panel on the PDF.
A spiral-bound printed edition is available at www.epcresources.org.
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.
TRAINING MANUALS AND STUDY GUIDES
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:
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. Nine Pastoral Letters have been authorized for use within the EPC:
• Children and the Lord's Supper.
• Civil Disobedience.
• Criteria for Evaluating Membership in Secret Fraternal Organizations.
• Domestic Abuse.
• Human Sexuality.
• Open Theism.
• Organ Donation and Transplantation.
• The Use of Catechisms in the EPC.
To request one or more of these approved Letters, please complete the form below.
Pastoral Letter Request
GENERAL ASSEMBLY MINUTES
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
This 27-page packet includes our process for inquiring churches, answers to common questions that we get asked, summary belief statements, and all necessary Petition to Be Received forms. The forms are in fillable PDF format, which need to be downloaded and saved to your computer before completing.