Book of Order

The Book of Order identifies the rules and forms of procedure of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Book of Order and its related regulations and supplementary provisions can be viewed using the links below:

Book of Order

The Book of Order is published by the Office of the Assembly Executive Secretary PO Box 9049, Wellington (September 2006) ISBN 0-908847-57-2. If you choose to download the file and experience problems please email us.

Download the 2016 Book of Order

Code of Ethics

Effective from 17 March 2018, the Code of Ethics has become a stand-alone Supplementary Provision. The current version (published March 2018) is available below.

Download the Code of Ethics

Conditions of Service Manual

The latest Conditions of Service Manual (published March 2018) guides congregations and presbyteries as they work with ministers and lay employees. It is a supplementary provision to the Book of Order and its contents have the status of regulations.

Supplementary Provisions

Other Supplementary Provisions (published March 2018) include additional regulations for mediation, Chapter 6 (ministry development, pastoral resolution committee), Chapter 8 (roll of ministers) Chapter 9 (ministry training and ordination, amorangi transition to nationally ordained ministry,  administration of sacraments), Chapter 10 (stated supply, transition ministry, lay supply, ministry settlement boards, reinstatement to roll of ministers), Chapter 14 (Nominating Committee, election of Assembly Moderator, appointment of Assembly Executive Secretary, youth representatives), Chapter 15 (disciplinary oversight by presbytery, presbytery pastoral resolution committee), Chapter 16 (property & finance).

Book of Order advice

Please contact Heather McKenzie by email or phone 0800 424 872 (0800 4 CHURCH).

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