The State of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of AmericaWhat Presbyterians believe about ordination has changed — sometimes rather significantly — over time. For example, the ordination of women as ministers, elders and deacons — something considered unthinkable earlier in our history — has become not only acceptable but expected. Presbyterians have remained open to change regarding our understanding of ordination because of three unchanging beliefs:. In , when the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America met in Philadelphia, all church officers— deacons, elders and ministers — were, by both custom and church law, male. The very notion of women holding office was considered preposterous. Women were prohibited from serving as elders or deacons until the s — or the s in the Presbyterian Church in the U.
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Jump to navigation. The Book of Order outlines our denomination's governance structure, while the Book of Confessions contains historical statements of faith describing what we believe or at least once believed. In a sense, you could call the two of them together the approximate Presbyterian equivalent of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The reality, of course, is that every faith community has — and must have — some way to list its essential tenets and what practices should result from them. But how such communities go about creating such lists says a lot about their faith in God and their faith in their adherents.
Chapters and sections in each part of the Book of Order are represented by decimal numbers in the form 0. For example, "Full Inclusion", which describes the inclusion of all types of people in Christian worship, is found in G This means that Form of Government, Chapter 4, section. In order to allow for a diversity of expression in worship, the Directory does not provide set orders for worship, but instead suggests the boundaries of worship that is in line with Reformed Christianity and the Scriptural warrants for worship. It is concerned more with standards and norms than any particular way or formulation of a liturgy or order of worship. Liturgical texts are found in a separate Liturgical book of the Presbyterian Church U. The Rules of Discipline provide the standards for church discipline concerning matters that the secular judicial system does not address.