Committees and Commissions
Achieving Excellence in Ministry
There are so many necessary details to make any community run smoothly, effectively and with accountability.
These committees and teams shape our mission together, insuring a quality of service.
Committee on Ministry (COM)
The Committee on Ministry enables the healthy ministry of our pastors and congregations. The committee prayerfully and conscientiously seeks to:
1. Listen with congregations as they seek God’s voice in their pastoral searches.
2. Validate pastors who are called to specialized ministries.
3. Serve as the fellowship of accountability for healthy and balanced relationships between parishes and pastors.
4. Provide our clergy with opportunities for pastoral and educational growth in their ministries.
5. Help clergy serve as prophetic and pastoral spiritual leaders by provide support and training for elders, deacons and congregational nominating committees.
6. Offer a trained response team when conflict threatens the well-being of a local congregation.
Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM)
The Committee on Preparation for Ministry is responsible to guide the process for full preparation of individuals who are to be ordained as ministers of the Word and Sacrament. The committee does this by:
1. Providing orientation for individuals and sessions considering church vocations.
2. Prayerfully discerning the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives and ministries of Inquirers and Candidates under care of the Presbytery.
3. Building faithful relationships with sessions and seminaries that support and train Inquirers and Candidates.
4. Providing direction and information to equip Inquirers and Candidates educationally and vocationally.
5. Challenging those in the preparation for ministry process to a mature obedience to the Holy Spirit in their life and vocation.
See Committee On Preparation for Ministry section of General Resources Page
Sexual Misconduct Response Team (SMRT)
SMRT, in consultation with the Committee on Ministry, may arrange for the pastoral care of affected persons (victim and immediate family, accuser and immediate family, and congregation and staff, of the accused). SMRT and the Committee on Ministry will also work with churches to prevent sexual misconduct and to support the creation of individual church sexual misconduct policies.
The Nominating Committee is responsible to seek, discover, and develop the most effective personnel possible for presbytery committees; to present to presbytery nominations for all elected positions:
1. Presbytery vice-moderator, and when needed, presbytery moderator
2. All permanent presbytery committee members
3. Synod commissioners
4. Presbytery “representatives” or special requests for General Assembly Committees
Staff Relations (SR)
Staff Relations reviews and evaluates the work and job descriptions of presbytery staff and employees, recommending changes for staff to the presbytery, and changes for employees to the Trustees.
1. It conducts an annual performance review, on behalf of Presbytery Council, that is developed from input solicited from those to whom the Presbytery Co-Executives are accountable. A more comprehensive performance review is completed by the Staff Relations Committee prior to re-election.
2. It reviews the adequacy of compensation on an annual basis.
3. It oversees the hiring of support staff.
4. It counsels with the staff, negotiates difficulties related to jobs and personnel and other work related to its area of responsibility.
5. It is responsible for the Employee Handbook of the presbytery.
Permanent Judicial Committee (PJC)
Responsible for carrying out the Church’s judicial process as defined by the Rules of Discipline.
Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA)
The Presbyterian Mission Agency is the mission and ministry agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
For over 200 years, Presbyterians have been responding to the call of Jesus Christ, taking the gospel into all the world and bearing witness to Christ’s saving love to the ends of the earth. Today the Holy Spirit is still on the move, calling us to share in what God is doing in the world.
As your partner in Christ’s service, the Presbyterian Mission Agency is faithfully working to inspire, equip and connect the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in its many expressions to serve Christ in the world through new and existing communities of faith, hope, love and witness.