Manuals and policies
A basic guide for finding the scope and sequence of stories and sample sessions of a particular curriculum can help committees navigate the internet and find the tools they need to meet their educational ministry goals.
Commissioned Lay Pastors in the Presbyterian Church
Starting New Worshiping Communities: A Process of Discernment is linear, a series of 17 gatherings with assignments and steps a team could complete that take you from zero to a new church.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT/MISCONDUCT POLICY: In determining its own witness to theworld and its service to humanity, the Church of Jesus Christ is bound by the Gospel mandate to "announce good news to the poor, to proclaim release for prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to let the broken victims go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor". Thus it sounds the note of liberation, reconciliation and healing, and calls all persons to the more abundant life of Christ. All persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender, must be afforded equal respect under the gospel. Therefore ...
Many items of this covenant were adapted from Guidelines for Communal Discernment
(2008) by Rev. Victoria Curtiss, p. 14. Presbyterian Distribution Service, PDS# 24358-08-007.
WHAT IS A FINANCIAL REVIEW? WHY SHOULD WE HAVE ONE?
The Book of Order says that conducting a financial review of all church financial records once each year is a minimum standard a church should observe. [G-10.0401d] People who know how to balance a check book, read a balance sheet or an operating statement, and can use a calculator will have the skills necessary to tell whether reports fairly represent the financial condition of a congregation.
1. Divide congregations for visitation into three-year rotation.
2. COM members sign up for visits. If available, read the last Triennial Visit report.
3. Contact Session Moderator to schedule a 45-60 minute visit with Session and a meal with the Moderator and spouse (where applicable). Include Associate pastors or arrange to meet with them another time.
MYTH #1: Confidentiality means secrecy.
MYTH #2: If you get confidential information, you cannot use it.
FACT #1: The deliberations of the Committee on Ministry or Preparation for Ministry should be considered confidential. You will report the actions of the committee to council and/or presbytery, but the deliberations should be treated as confidential and any background or supporting information shared during the reporting should be carefully considered. Once you report information, it is public, unless it occurs in the context of an executive or private session of the group to whom you are reporting. Any files which you keep ...
Commissioned Lay Pastor Ministry in the Presbytery of Northern New York
· written application to the Committee on Ministry (COM)
· session endorsement
· interview with COM representatives & approval by
Committee on Ministry
“The presbytery is responsible for the mission and government of the church throughout its geographical district.”(G-11.0103) Because of that unique responsibility for the mission of Christ’s church throughout the geographic region, it falls to the presbytery to determine when it is appropriate for a particular church to be closed. “It (the presbytery) therefore has the responsibility and power, to divide, dismiss, or dissolve churches in consultation with their members.” (G-11.0103i) This document is to guide the Trustees of the Presbytery of Great Rivers in their roll in the both the consultation with the membership of a ...