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Manuals and policies

  • Covenant of Conduct For Discernment Process

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    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.

  • Presbytery of San Francisco CPM

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    The Task Force has outlined the three stages of the CPM process for those seeking ordination to the Minister of Word and Sacrament. This policy paper follows the current CPM process in the detailed outline of the Final Assessment Phase.

  • Greater Atlanta Presbytery Triennial Visit Guidelines

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    1. Each Session will receive a letter asking them to indicate the best time for a team to visit. The COM Triennial Visit team will consist of a minister and an elder.

    2. Times will be matched with members of COM available and the COM member will be contacted to make the visit. Minister COM members recruit an elder to complete the team; and elder COM members recruit a minister to complete the team.

  • Continuing Education of Ministers

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    In order to assure the on-going continuing education of its pastors, the Presbytery of Northern New York shall not approve a call for pastoral services which does not provide for two weeks continuing education leave with pay per year, optionally  cumulative up to three years.

  • Procedures For Congregational Financial Review Committees

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils


    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.

  • Winnebago Presbytery Committee On Ministry Procedure For Triennial Visits

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    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.

  • COMs, CPMs and Confidentiality

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    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

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    Commissioned Lay Pastor Ministry in the Presbytery of Northern New York

    Discernment process:

    · written application to the Committee on Ministry (COM)

    · session endorsement

    · interview with COM representatives & approval by

    Committee on Ministry

  • Guidelines For Presbytery's Trustees When a Local Congregation is Closed

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    “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 ...

  • Presbytery of Northern New York

    From Office of the General AssemblyMid Councils

    Candidate Indebtedness Policy

    When Northern New York is the Presbytery of Care

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