Learning our church government system, called “polity,” has always been one of the most significant responsibilities of officers -- elders, deacons, and pastors -- in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Book of Order, in particular, is a guide for God’s people meeting in representative bodies to be able to seek and know the will of God, so that the whole Church can be governed in ways that are just, decent, and orderly. Participants in this class are expected to conclude the session with an ability to lead and serve the Church with faithful understanding of its system and with clarity in exercising their leadership by acquiring a working knowledge of church government, worship dynamics and contents, and church discipline, which will also enable those Presbyterians successfully to pass all examinations in church polity on their journey toward ordination.
The January term course is an intensive taught Jan 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14
The adjunct instructor for this course is Rev. Dr. Ginny Smith