Historic, Reformed Books of Church Order, Discipline and Minutes

In addition to below, see James Dennison’s Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries  Buy  which has a number of confessions that contain material on the form of government and church discipline.  Some secondary sources and related items that include much otherwise inaccessible primary sources are also included below.

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Order of Contents

General
Geneva, Switzerland
Scotland

The Church of Scotland
The Secession Church
The Free Church of Scotland
The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

The Westminster Assembly
The English Presbyterians
The Irish Presbyterians
The Bohemian Church
The French Reformed Church
The Dutch Reformed Church
America

The American Presbyterian Church
The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
The American Dutch Church
The American German Reformed Church

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General

Ainslie, J.L. – The Doctrines of Ministerial Order in the Reformed Churches in the 16th and 17th Centuries  Buy  1940

Hall, David W. – Polity

Heppe, Heinrich – ‘The Church’  1861  37 pages, being ch. 27 of Reformed Dogmatics  Buy  pp. 657-694

Heppe’s work is an anthology of quotes arranged in systematic fashion from many of the leading reformed theologians of the 16th and 17th centuries.  The first half of this chapter deals with more general theological issues regarding the church, but the second half covers some of the more detailed points.  Many of these writers have not otherwise been translated into English.


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Geneva and Switzerland

Calvin, John 

The Service, Discipline and Form of the Common Prayers and Administration of the Sacraments, used in the English Church of Geneva, as it was approved by that most reverend divine, Mr. John Calvin, and the Church of Scotland  1564  188 pp.

The Ecclesiastical Ordinances  1541

‘One reason John Calvin acceded to the request of the Genevan city government to return from Strassburg to Geneva was the agreement that a set of ordinances would be written to govern the church of Geneva.  this was provided in 1541 and ratified by the Little Council.  Thus was provided one of the first Reformed church orders.’ – editors of ‘Paradigms in Polity’

The Ecclesiastical Ordinances  Buy  1561 in Paradigms in Polity, ed. Hall & Hall, pp. 140-155

‘While the 1561 Ecclesiastical Ordinance includes a large amount of the material included in the 1541 Ordinance, it is a new document that provides further insight and improvement over the one of 1541.  For example, the 1561 work clearly indicates the congregation will have a part in the manner of electing ministers.  Moreover, ministerial visitation, the manner in which elders should be elected and excommunicated, communion regulations, and, most interestingly, the manner of treatment given higher class Genevan citizens are all treated in this new document.’ – editors of ‘Paradigms in Polity’

The Genevan Company of Pastors and Genevan Civil Code

Calvin’s Ecclesiastical Advice  Buy  transl. Benjamin Farley, forward John H. Leith, 1991, 188 pages

Manetsch, Scott – Calvin’s Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609  Buy  2012  448 pp.

Hughes, Philip E. – The Register of the Company of Pastors of Geneva in the Time of Calvin  Buy  2004  396 pp.

Witte, John & Robert Kingdon – Sex, Marriage, and Family Life in John Calvin’s Geneva: Courtship, Engagement, and Marriage  Buy  2005  544 pp.

Fills, Robert – The Laws and Statutes of Geneva as well concerning Ecclesiastical Discipline, as civil regiment, with certain proclamations duly executed, whereby God’s religion is most purely maintained, and their common wealth quietly governed, translated out of French into English  1562

Beza, Theodore

The Judgment of a most reverend and learned man from beyond the seas concerning a threefold order of bishops [‘one of God, another of men, and another of the Devil; the two latter must be plucked up, the former only must continue’], with a declaration of certain other weighty points concerning the discipline and government of the Church  ToC  1585

Maruyama, T. – The Ecclesiology of Theodore Beza  Buy  1978 

Wollebius, Johannes – Of the Outward Administration of the Church  d. 1629  16 pp. being ch. 26 of his An Abridgment of Christian Divinity, pp. 214-230


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The Church of Scotland

The First Book of Discipline  1560

The Service, Discipline and Form of the Common Prayers and Administration of the Sacraments, used in the English Church of Geneva: as it was approved by that most reverend divine, Mr. John Calvin, and the Church of Scotland  1564  188 pp.

A Collection of Confessions of Faith, Catechisms, Directories, Books of Discipline, &c. Of Public Authority in the Church of Scotland, vol. 2  including, amongst other things:

‘A Short Sum of the Book of Discipline for the Instruction of Ministers and Readers in their Office’  n.d.  p. 608

Knox, John – ‘The Form and Order of the Election and Admission of the Superintendent, which may serve in the Election of all Other Ministers’  1560  p. 625

‘The Election of Elders and Deacons in the Church of Edinburgh’  1569  p. 363

Knox, John & John Craig – ‘The Order and Doctrine of the General Fast’  1565  p. 643

‘The Order of Excommunication and Public Repentance’  1569  p. 701

The Second Book of Discipline  1578

Kirk, James – Patterns of Reform: Continuity and Change in the Reformation Kirk  Buy  2000  512 pp.

‘Some think that Kirk in this work definitively settles the question of influence in the Scottish church in favor of a Calvin-Geneva influence rather than an Anglican-British sway.’ – David W. Hall

Henderson, Alexander – The Government and Order of the Church of Scotland  1641

Rutherford, Samuel – A Defense of the Government of the Church of Scotland  1642

A Directory for Church Government and Ordination of ministers, to be examined against the Next General Assembly  1647

A Directory for Church Censures, to be examined against the Next General Assembly  1647

The Form of Process  1707 

Steuart, Walter – Collections and Observations Concerning the Worship, Discipline and Government of the Church of Scotland  1709

Old Church Life in Scotland: Lectures on Kirk Session and Presbytery Records, vols. 1, 2

The Table of Contents:

Volume 1

1. Churches, Manses and Churhyards in Olden Times
2.  Public Worship in Olden Times
3.  Communion Services in Olden Times
4-6.  Church Discipline in Olden Times

Volume 2

1.  Provision for the Poor in Olden Times
2.  Provision for Education in Olden Times
3.  Marriage in Olden Times
4.  Baptisms and Burials in Olden Times
5.  Ministers and Ministerial Life at Mauchline, 1650-55
6.  Ministers and Ministerial Life at Mauchline, 1656-1800
Appendix – Burns’s Marriage

Extracts from Principal George Hill’s ‘View of the Constitution of the Church of Scotland’  1818 23 pp.  See here for the whole of Hill’s ‘View of the Constitution’ 155 pp. from Part II of his Theological Institutes

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Acts, Proceedings & Minutes of the Church of Scotland

The Book of the Universal Kirk of Scotland [1560-1616], wherein the Heads and Conclusions Devised by the ministers and commissioners of the particular kirks thereof, are especially expressed and contained  620 pp.

Acts and Proceedings of the General Assemblies of the Kirk of Scotland, vols. 1 (1560-1577), 2 (1578-1592), 3 (1593-1618)  This HTML edition is searchable

The Intervening time between 1618 and 1638 were the dark days of the unlawful, imposed prelatical assemblies.

Records of the Kirk of Scotland, containing the Acts and Proceedings of the General Assemblies from the Year 1638 Downwards [to 1649], as authenticated by the Clerks of Assembly, with notes and historical illustrations, with documents of the Church till 1654,  696 pp.  See here for a similar, but improved edition of this work.

Acts of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 1638-1842  1843, 1280 pp.

An Abridgment of the Acts of the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland, 1638-1810, alphabetically arranged, with an appendix containing an abridgment of all the Acts of [Civil] Parliament relating to the Church of Scotland 

The convenience of this volume is that the principle acts are abridged and organized alphabetically by topic.  Also note the valuable material in the Appendix.

Select Topical Acts

Directions of the General Assembly concerning secret and private worship, and mutual edification, for cherishing piety, for maintaining unity, and avoiding schism and division, with an act for observing these directions, and censuring such use to neglect family worship. and an act against such as withdraw themselves from the public worship in their own congregations  1648  20 pp.

A Collection of Some Acts of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland since the year 1690, for Promoting of Piety and Virtue, and for Suppressing of vice, profaneness and immorality, and censuring delinquents, together with her Majesty’s Proclamation, and an Abbreviate of the Laws  1714

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The Resolutioners vs. the Protesters

An Answer to the Declaration of the Pretended Assembly at Dundee and to a printed paper, entitled, ‘the Protestation’ given in by the dissenting brethren to the General Assembly, July 21, 1652, reviewed and refuted, etc., in which answer are set down ten steps of their defection who follow the way of the public Resolutions.  Together with observations upon some of the acts of the Pretended Assemblies at Dundee and Edinburgh, and some papers concerning the endeavors of the Protesters for union with their brethren who differ from them in judgement  1653  118 pp.

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The Scottish Secession Church

Brown, John, of Hadddington – Letters on the Constitution, Government, and Discipline, of the Christian Church  d. 1787

Brown was a theological professor of the Secession Church in Scotland.

Act of the Associate Presbytery Concerning the Doctrine of Grace, wherein the said doctrine, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and agreeably thereto, set forth in our Confession of Faith and Catechisms, is asserted and vindicated from the errors vented and published in some acts of the assemblies of this Church [of Scotland] passed in prejudice of the same  1798  86 pp.

Scott, David – Annals and Statistics of the Original Secession Church: till its Disruption and Union with the Free Church of Scotland in 1852, 1886, 612 pages


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The Free Church of Scotland  (1843-2000)

Digests of Legislation

Forbes, Robert – Digest of Rules and Procedure in the Inferior Courts of the Free Church of Scotland, with an appendix embracing a ministerial manual, and also containing forms and documents  1856 1st edition, see here for the 3rd edition 1869, 321 pp.

This work was intended to provide for the Free Church what George Hill had provided for the Church of Scotland (see above) before the Disruption of 1843.

The Practice of the Free Church of Scotland in her Several Courts  Fourth edition, 1886

‘The Practice’, or ‘Blue Book’, is what would normally be considered the Free Church of Scotland’s book of Church order, except that it is not binding.  It is only a summary of legislation.  The legislation is the only thing that is binding.

Acts, Proceedings, and Minutes

Proceedings of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843  266 pp.  This edition has a table of contents.  This edition has a sketch of the proceedings of the residual assembly on p. 188-245

This is an account of the entire proceedings of the immediate General Assembly of the Free Church after the Disruption.

Ewing, W. – Annals of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843-1900, 2 vols., 1914

The Principal Acts of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland, 1900-2000  HTML

Constitutional Matters

Begg, James – Memorial with the Opinions of Eminent Counsel in Regard to the Constitution of the Free Church of Scotland and Remarks on our Present State and Prospects  1874  264 pp.

This volume gives special attention to the Establishment Principle in regards to possible union with other churches.

The Church in Relation to its Constitution, 2006, 12 pages

Isbell describes the European understanding of a constitution and argues that a church’s constitution is inviolable and cannot be changed.

Records

Scott, David – Annals and Statistics of the Original Secession Church: till its Disruption and Union with the Free Church of Scotland in 1852, 1886, 612 pages

Instructive and Theolgical

General Assembly – Catechism of the Principles and Constitution of the Free Church of Scotland  162 pp.

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The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)  2000-present

The Practice of the Free Church of Scotland in her Several Courts  eighth edition, 1995  See here for the 4th edition from 1886.

‘The Practice’, or ‘Blue Book’, is what would normally be considered the Free Church of Scotland’s book of Church order, except that it is not binding.  It is only a summary of legislation.  The legislation is the only thing that is binding.

The Principal Acts of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), 2000-Present  HTML


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The Westminster Assembly

The Form of Presbyterial Church Government

The Humble Advice of the Assembly Concerning Church Government

This contains a section on Discipline and Excommunication (in the middle of the work) not found in the Form of Presbyterian Church Government.

The Form of Church Government to be used in the Church of England and Ireland, agreed upon by the Lord’s and Commons assembled in Parliament, after advice had with the Assembly of Divines  1645

This work is different from the From of Presbyterial Church Government and contains many more details not found therein.  For the significance of this work, see an introduction to it by Andrew Myers.

The Directory of the Public Worship of God

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The Minutes of the Westminster Assembly

The Minutes of the Westminster Assembly


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The English Presbyterians

Travers, Walter

A Full and Plain Declaration of Ecclesiastical discipline out of the Word of God and of the Declining of the Church off England from the same  Ref  1574

A Brief and Plain Declaration concerning the Desires of all those Faithful Ministers that have and do seek for the discipline and Reformation of the Church of England, which may serve for a just apology against the false accusations and slanders of their adversaries  1584  also attributed to Dudley Fenner & William Fulke

A Defense of the Ecclesiastical Discipline ordained of God to be used in his Church, against a reply of Master [John] Bridges, to a brief and plain declaration of it, which was printed in 1584, which reply he terms, ‘A defense of the governement established in the Church of England for ecclesiastical matters’  ToC  1588 

Cartwright, Thomas

The Second Reply of Thomas Cartwright against Master Doctor Whitgift’s Second Answer, touching the Church Discipline  1575

The Rest of the Second Reply of Thomas Cartwright against Master Doctor Whitgift’s Second Answer, touching the Church Discipline  ToC  1577

A Directory of Church Government  1585

“Cartwright’s ‘Directory’ is built upon the earlier ‘Directory’ by Walter Travers (1574).   At the time Cartwright was arrested in 1585, he was carrying a copy of it.  All original Latin copies were destroyed, but a few copies in English survived.  This (specifically, a copy found in Cartwright’s study) was reprinted for Parliament and the Westminster Assembly in 1644 and was used by Alexander Henderson as the model for the 1645 ‘Westminster Directory of Public Worship’ and the companion ‘Directory and Form of Church Government’.”  – Andrew Myers

Udall, John  d. 1592

A Demonstration of the Truth of that Discipline which Christ has Prescribed in his Word for the government of his Church, in all times and places until the end of the world, wherein are gathered into a plain form of reasoning the proofs thereof out of the Scriptures, the evidence of it by the light of reason rightly ruled, and the testimonies that have been given thereunto by the course of the Church certain hundreds of years after the Apostles’ time, and the general consent of the Churches rightly reformed in these latter times, according as they are alleged and maintained in those several books that have been written concerning the same  1588

A Part of a Register Containing sundry memorable matters, written by divers godly and learned in our time, which stand for, and desire the reformation of our Church, in discipline and ceremonies, according to the pure Word of God, and the law of our land  1593  86 pp.

Stoughton, William – An Assertion for true and Christian Church Policy, wherein certain politic objections made against the planting of pastors and elders in every congregation are sufficiently answered, and wherein also sundry projects are set down, how the discipline by pastors and elders may be planted without any derogation to the King’s royal prerogative, any indignity to the three estates in Parliament, or any greater alteration of the laudable laws, statutes, or customs of the realm, then may well be made without damage to the people  ToC  1604

Bernard, Richard – A Short View of the Prælatical Church of England, wherein is set forth the horrible abuses in discipline and government, laid open in ten sections by way of quære and petition, whereunto is added a short draught of Church-Government  1641

London Ministers – The Divine Right of Church Government  originally 1646, this edition 1844

Some of the appendices to this edition are not original, but were inserted by the editors (from John Brown of Haddington, etc.)  For the first edition, see the volume published by Naphtali Press.

Love, Christopher – The Main Points of Church-Government and Discipline;: plainly and modestly handled by way of question and answer  ToC  1649

Burgess, Cornelius – Reasons showing the necessity of reformation of the public  1. doctrine, 2. worship, 3. rites and ceremonies, 4. church-government, and discipline, reputed to be (but indeed, not) established by law. Humbly offered to the serious consideration of this present Parliament, by divers ministers of sundry counties in England  ToC  1660

Baxter, Richard – Two Papers of Proposals concerning the discipline and ceremonies of the Church of England humbly presented to His Majesty by the Reverend ministers of the Presbyterian persuasion  1661

Baxter was more properly an Independent, though sometimes Independents took on the name ‘presbyterian’ as they believed in rule by presbyters at the local level.  This would especially be the case after the imposition of episcopacy in 1660.

Hall, Archibald – An Humble Attempt to Exhibit a Scriptural View of the Constitution, Order, Discipline, and Fellowship of the Gospel-church  1795

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The Irish Presbyterians

Records of the General Synod of Ulster, from 1691 to 1820, vols. 1 (1691-1720) , 2 (1721-1777), 3 (1778-1820)

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The Bohemian Church

Comenius, Johann Amos – An Exhortation of the Churches of Bohemia to the Church of England, wherein is set forth the good of unity, order, discipline, and obedience in churches rightly now [constituted], or to be constituted, with a description premised of the order and discipline used in the churches of the Brethren of Bohemia  ToC  1661


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The French Church

de Loque, Bartrand – An excellent and plain discourse of the church, whereby the godly may know and discern the true Church, from the Romish Church, and all other false and counterfeit churches, as well for matters of doctrine, as discipline, etc., written in French by M. Bartrand de Loque, a godlie minister of Dolphenine  ToC  1585

National Synod – The General and Particular Acts and Articles of the late National Synod of the Reformed Churches of France… beginning the 26th of December, 1644, where by the present estate of those churches, as also their doctrine and discipline may be known  ToC  1645

de Larroque, Matthieu – Conformity of the Ecclesiastical Discipline of the Reformed Churches of France with that of the Primitive Christians  ToC  1691

Quick, John – Synodicon in Gallia Reformata, or, the Acts, Decisions, Decrees, and Canons of thouse famous National Councils of the Reformed Churches in France, vols. 1, 2  1692


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The Dutch Church

DeRidder, Richard, ed. – The Church Orders of the Sixteenth Century Reformed Churches of the Netherlands Together with Their Social, Political, and Ecclesiastical Context  Buy  Trans. Richard R. DeRidder with the assistance of Peter H. Jonker and Rev. Leonard Verduin (Calvin Theological Seminary, 1987)  Ref

The Kirk Orders before Dort   31 Church Orders in Dutch.

See generally Select Documents for the Reformation and the Revolt of the Low Countries, 1555-1609  48 various documents from this time period, of which several relevant ones are linked below

Select Articles from the Assembly at Wesel  1571  12 paragraphs

Acts of the Synod of the Netherlands Churches both under the Cross and Scattered through Germany and East Friesland, held at Emden  1571

Select Acts from the Synod of Dordrecht  1574

This Synod of Dort was an important regional assembly in its day, to be distinguished from the national Synod of Dort with international delegates in 1618-19.

Ecclesiastical Ordinances drafted by Order of the States of Holland, 1576

The Reformed Classis in Action: Flanders, 1578-1582  23 paragraphs 

Select Acts from the Synod of Middelburg, 1581  13 paragraphs

A Visitation of the Reformed Churches in the Classis of Dordrecht  1589  30 paragraphs

The Church Order of Dort  1619

Apollonius, Willhelm –A Consideration of Certain Controversies at this Time Agitated in the Kingdom of England Concerning the Government of the Church of God, written at the command and appointment of the Walachrian Calssis  1645  151 pp.

A copy of this Dutch presbyterian work, addressing matters of church polity and discipline, was given to every Westminster Divine and was highly praised by the Scot Robert Baillie.

Demarest, David – History and Characteristics of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church  1856  especially chs. 7 & 8 on ‘Liturgy, Customs and Usages’ and ‘Government and Discipline’

Van Dellen, Idzerd & Martin Monsema – The Church Order Commentary  Buy  1941  385 pp.

This is a thorough commentary on the church order of the Christian Reformed Church.


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The American Presbyterian Church

Constitutional Histories

Hodge, Charles – The Constitutional History of the Presbyterian Church in America, vols. 1 (1705-1741), 2 (1741-1788)

Smith, Morton – How is the Gold Become Dim: The Decline of the Presbyterian Church, U.S., as Reflected in its Assembly Actions  Buy  1973  452 pp. 

Smith chronicles the constitutional decline of the PCUS (the Southern half of the Presbyterian Church) from its founding till the secession of the PCA in 1973.

Table of Contents:

1.  The Historic Position of the Presbyterian Church in the United States
2.  Departures from the Historic Position on Scripture
3.  Departures from the Historic Position on Confession and Catechisms – Doctrinal Subscription
4.  Departures from the Historic Position on the Confession and Catechisms – Changes Enacted
5.  Departures form the Historic Position on Church Government
6.  The Decline of the Presbyterian Church in the United States as Reflected in its Exercise of Discipline
7.  The Decline of Worship of God in the Presbyterian Church of the United States
8.  The Decline as Reflected in the Relations to Other Church Bodies
9.  Departures from the Spiritual Mission of the Church as Seen in the Social and Political Actions of the Assemblies
10.  The State of the Church in 1970 as Described by the General Assembly Itself
11.  Whither?  Some Concluding Observations and Postscripts

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Books of Order and Discipline

A Draught of the Form of the Government and Discipline of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America  1787

The Draught was the draft form of the Book of Discipline that was adopted in 1788 (which is not on the internet).  The Book of Discipline adopted in 1788 was the original form of discipline of the national denomination of Presbyterians in America, from which all American branches of presbyterianism derive.  

(Note that denominations such as Reformed Presbyterians, the Associate Reformed Presbyterians, the Dutch American Reformed Denominations, and others, whose backgrounds are from other nationalities, did not descend from this Order of Discipline and Worship.)

The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, being its Standards Subordinate to the Word of God… as ratified and adopted… in the year of our Lord 1788, and as amended in the years 1805-1920, together with the Constitutional Rules adopted in 1893-1912 and administrative Acts of the Assembly of a General Nature  1920  568 pp.

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Digests of Legislation

A Digest Compiled from the Records of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America… of their acts and proceedings that appear to be of permanent authority and interest… by order of the General Assembly  1820

‘The General Assembly first ordered its clerk to prepare a digest in 1809.  After nearly a decade of procrastination the 1818 General Assembly appointed a committee, chaired by Dr. Jacob Janeway [an Old School Presbyterian].  Reporting back two years later in 1820, the General Assembly authorized this digest.’

McFalls, Thaddeus & Byron Sunderland – Manual of Presbyterian Law and Usage embracing established and recognized Ecclesiastical and Parliamentary Rules and Regulations for the Guidance of Congregations and Church Courts in all Processes and Proceedings under the Constitution and Form of Government of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America  1878  360 pp.

Hodge, J. Aspinwall – What is Presbyterian Law as Defined by the Church Courts?  1882  616 pp.

This is a digest of the important legislation of the Presbyterian Church.

Alexander, W.A. – A Digest of the Acts and Proceedings of the General Assembly  of the Presbyterian Church in the United States from its organization [1788] to its assembly of 1887, inclusive with Certain Historical and Explanatory Notes  1888

Leslie, J.D. – Presbyterian Law and Procedure in the Presbyterian Church in the United States  Buy  1930  411 pp. 

A Digest of the Acts and Proceedings of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, 1861-1965  Buy  489 pp.

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Instructional and Theological Works

Smyth, Thomas – An Ecclesiastical Catechism  1843

Smyth was an elder at 2nd Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  This catechism gets into some of the fine points of church polity, albeit from Smyth’s viewpoint, which was similar to that of Charles Hodge in the North.

Robinson, Stuart – The Church of God as an Essential Element of the Gospel, and the Idea, Structure and Functions Thereof, with an Appendix containing the more important symbols of Presbyterian Church Government, Historically arranged and Illustrated  Buy  1858  228 pp. 

McGill, Alexander – Church Government, a Treatise compiled from his Lectures in Theological Seminaries  1888  572 pp.

‘An additional stalwart text for polity courses, which was a long standing resource at the turn of the century…’ – David W. Hall

Ramsey, F.P. – An Exposition of the Form of Government and the Rules of Discipline of the Presbyterian Church in the United States  1898

‘…was also considered a classic exposition of Southern Presbyterian polity.’ – David W. Hall

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Minutes

Klett, Guy – Minutes of the Presbyterian Church in America  1706-1788  Buy  (Presbyterian Historical Society, 1976)

‘Professor Guy S. Klett… for nearly three decades, updated and reissued the earliest Minutes from the American Presbyterian church courts.  With the issue of this volume (1976) Klett provided an invaluable primary resource into the history and polity of the American Presbyterian Church.  This volume contains the Minutes of the first Presbytery covering from 1706 through 1716, also including the Minutes of the Synods from 1717 till 1788, up to the formation of the first General Assembly.  Appended to this volume is a Letter Book (which contains attached letters referred to in the body of the Minutes) and an excellent index.’ – editors of Paradigms in Polity

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Records

Beecher, Willis – Index of Presbyterian Ministers, containing the names of all the ministers of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, with references to the pages on which those names are found in its records and minutes, from A.D. 1706-1881  1883  616 pp.

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The Presbyterian Historical Society: The National Archives of the PC(USA)

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The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)  since 1973

Book of Church Order

Minutes of the PCA, 1973-2016  HTML

PCA Position Papers  HTML, organized alphabetically by topic

The PCA Historical Center

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The American Dutch Church

Ecclesiastical Records compiled by the State of New York [relating to the American Dutch Church], vols. 1 (1621-1680), 2 (1680-170), 3 (1701-1725), 4 (1725-1750), 5 (1751-1760), 6 (1761-1810), 7 (Index)

Articles Explanatory of the Government and Discipline of the Reformed Dutch Church in the United States of America  1798, 27 pages, being the appendix to The Psalms of David, with hymns and spiritual songs : also, the catechism, confession of faith, and liturgy of the Reformed Church in the Netherlands ; for the use of the Reformed Dutch Church in North America ; with an appendix, containing, Articles explanatory of the government and discipline of the Reformed Dutch Church in the United States of America 

Corwin, Edward – A Digest of Constitutional and Synodical Legislation of the Reformed Church in America, formerly the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, prepared by the order of General Synod  1906  

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The American German Reformed Church

Minutes and letters of the Coetus of the German Reformed Congregations in Pennsylvania, 1747-1792  1903  498 pp.

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