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Constitutional Interpretation

The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) consists of two parts: Part one is The Book of Confessions,  and part two, the Book of Order, consisting of the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, Form of Government, Directory for Worship, and Rules of Discipline.


boc coverThe Book of Confessions, containing historical statements of what we as a church believe, is available in several forms.

You can download:

  • The Book of Confessions in English
  • Libro de Confesiones en Español (PDF)
  • The Book of Confessions in Korean (PDF)
  • O Livro de Confissões in Portuguese (PDF)

You can use this searchable online version, or you can purchase a printed version from Presbyterian Distribution Service (Church Store).

Learn more about the Confessional Banners (PDF)
Los Estandartes Confesionales (PDF)
신앙 고백 표지들 (PDF)

Order The Book of Confessions Order The Book of Confessions in Korean




boo coverThe Book of Order 2015-2017 is Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It includes:

  • Foundations of Presbyterian Polity
  • Form of Government
  • Directory for Worship 
  • Rules of Discipline

You can download:

The Book of Order in English
The Book of Order en Español (PDF)
The Book of Order in Korean (PDF)

Please help support the free distribution of Book of Order 2013-2015 by donating to the effort.

You can purchase the print version of the Book of Order 2015-2017 from Presbyterian Distribution Service (Church Store).




You can use this annotated searchable version online. This web application lets you search for a word or phrase in the Annotated Book of Order which includes the history of amendments since 1983. 

Advisory Handbook for Councils for the Development of Policies and Procedures Required by the Form of Government.

Additional resources for the new Form of Government

  • General resources
  • Background articles
  • PowerPoint slides on new Book of Order
  • Video series by Stated Clerk, Gradye Parsons

Learn more.

Proposed amendments to the Constitution

221st General Assembly (2014)

Reporting form for Presbytery Voting on GA221 Amendments


The following publications are the product of assemblies past and stepping stones for future insight and discernment: