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
- Code of Ethics
- Guidelines for Conflicts of Interest and Bias
- Child Protection Policy
- Conditions of Service Manual
- Other Supplementary Provisions
Book of Order
The Book of Order (BOO) 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.
This version of the August 2022 Book of Order was published on the Church website 16 August 2022.
Book of Order Appendices: Download the Book of Order Appendices - Constitutional documents and Statements of Faith and Polity of the PCANZ
How to make changes to the Book of Order Any person, committee, workgroup, or council of the Church that has a right to bring a proposal or recommendations to the Assembly, can propose changes to the Book of Order (see BOO 14.8 (2) for a full list). Find out the correct process with this helpful guide from the Book of Order Advisory Committee, A Guide: How to make changes to the Book of Order (Aug 2022). Download here.
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.
Guidelines for Conflicts of Interest and Bias
Prepared by the Book of Order Advisory Committee in 2007. It is important for the Church that its ministers and decision-makers avoid actual or potential conflicts of interest and actual or apparent bias in their dealings with others on behalf of the Church.
Child Protection Policy
Effective from 11 December 2018.
Download the Child Protection Policy (amended by 2023 General Assembly).
Children’s and Youth Ministry Code of Ethics
Download from the PYM Safety WOF website the latest edition of the Children’s and Youth Ministry Code of Ethics. This code forms Appendix 4 to the Child Protection Policy.
You can also download from the PYM Safety WOF website the Children’s and Youth Ministry COE at a Glance table which is shorter and easy to engage with.
Conditions of Service Manual
The latest Conditions of Service Manual (published August 2022) 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.
Other Supplementary Provisions
Other Supplementary Provisions (last amended 5 Dec 2022 ) 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 the Assembly Executive Secretary or the Compliance Support Officer by email or phone: AES, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 027 569 1971. Kate Wilson, email email@example.com or phone (04) 381-8291 Mon - Thurs.