Manuals and policies
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 ...
Candidate Indebtedness Policy
When Northern New York is the Presbytery of Care
The Covenant between The Synod of the Trinity of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Davis & Elkins College
I. Preamble to the Covenant
Throughout their respective histories, The Presbyterian Church (USA) and Davis & Elkins College have based their corporate lives on the premise that humankind approaches and responds to God through both faith and learning. For example, requirements for ordination as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) make clear that those who sense a divine call to ministry must act on that calling by completing a rigorous program of higher education. This belief in the ...
In addition to the "Criteria for Ministry of Continuing Members" found in G-6.0100, G-6.0200 and G-11.0403 the following shall apply:
1. A continuing member shall take the initiative in establishing an active relation to Presbytery evidenced by regular attendance. Regular attendance shall normally be understood to consist of attendance in at least three (3) of the regular stated meetings each year; and request for excuse for all absences. Honorably Retired members are encouraged to attend meetings but are not required to request an excuse for all absences from regular stated meetings.
2. A continuing member shall exhibit ...
If information is received in writing from a presbytery within the Synod, from a Presbytery Council of a presbytery within the Synod, or from the Stated Clerks' Conference gathered to review presbytery minutes, to the attention of the Synod Executive, the Stated Clerk, or the Moderator of the Synod concerning any irregularity, delinquency, or other circumstance not in accordance with the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church USA in any of the presbyteries of the Synod that calls for the exercise of oversight by the Synod, that person shall consult with the other two about the advisability of initiating ...
Presbytery of Western New York
Inquiry provides the opportunity for the church and for those who believe they may be called to the ministry of the Word and Sacrament to explore and test that call together. An effective exploration occurs within a network of caring, supportive relationships- first, between the inquirer and the church session, then with the presbytery, through its Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM), and with the seminary. In regular consultations with the CPM, the inquirer evaluates the personal implications and the suitability of a church occupation, is guided in prayerful examjpation ofhis or her motivation, personal ...
This policy is intended to provide guidance for CPM members as they act on behalf of Presbytery in the care and oversight of Inquirers and Candidates with regard to Book of Order passage G-6.0106(b). It will also provide persons coming under care, their pastors and their Sessions with an understanding of the nature of confidentiality for the CPM.
THE PRESBYTERY of REDSTONE'S COMMITTEE ON PREPARATION
WORKING COMMIITEE DOCUMENTS: During the course of the Committee on Preparation's multi-year oversight of inquirers/candidates for ordination as Minister of Word and Sacrament (under provisions of the Book of Order 0-14.0300), a substantial number of papers, letters, documents, reports and similar documents are generated in the Committee's file on each person under the Presbytery's care. All such records are on-going, working, ecclesiastical records of the Presbytery of Redstone, and copies of substantially all of such documents regularly are provided to the inquirer/candidate concurrently with the document ...
The goal of these policies is to keep the process clear and simple and to improve accountability to/from the candidate, the full committee, and the larger church.