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General Information

The General Council

The General Council of Presbytery shall be the servant of the entire Presbytery by doing long range planning, supervising Presbytery's committees and divisions, implementing Presbytery's decisions when appropriate, and shaping the form of Presbytery meetings.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article II, Sections 1-4 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Pastoral Care Division

Cares for and supports the development of Presbytery's church professionals.  They provide orientation for new Presbytery members and active church educators, support clergy in specialized ministries, oversee the retirement of ministers from active service and more.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article IV, Section 5 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Education and Congregational Nurture Division

This division strengthens congregational life and enables congregations to nurture church members.  This is accomplished by providing programs and resources for curriculum, leader development and education for worship, witness, service and mission.  They develop and implement a Presbytery-wide strategy for church education.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article IV, Section 6 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Evangelism Division

The Evangelism Division supports programs that emphasize evangelism through strengthening congregational discipleship, commitment of faith, proclamation, and witness.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article IV, Section 7 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Church Development Division

This division promotes and coordinates the establishment of new communities of faith, affirming existing congregations and the redevelopment of churches seeking revitalization.  It accomplishes this by developing and implementing strategies and guidelines for new fellowships and new church developments and by facilitating the development and redevelopment of congregations in consultation with Presbytery Cluster.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article IV, Section 8 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Stewardship Division

Assists Presbytery in matters of mission funding and management such as annual budgets and budget revisions, investments, etc.  They also assist the Presbytery in areas of personnel, facilities and fiscal responsibilities.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article IV, Section 10 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.  This division promotes stewardship and mission interpretation.  They coordinate stewardship training for pastors, church leaders and members regarding understanding and responding to Biblical principles of stewardship in its broadest form, focusing on God's call to the wise use of life, the earth's resources, and accumulated material resources.  They also develop informational resources on the life and mission of the church employing media technology and techniques.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article IV, Section 9 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Mission Outreach and Service Division

The Mission Outreach and Service Division guides and mobilizes the strengths of member churches for the most effective witness to the broader community for which it has responsibility; initiates mission through a variety of forms in light of the good news of the Gospel for the whole world.  They encourage partnership with other churches in ministry to the whole world, thereby assisting the church in the quest for Christian unity and ecumenical commitment.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article IV, Section 11 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Youth Connection Division

This division works to expand, organize, and provide support for youth ministries in Mission Presbytery. They strive to model the "Five Intentions of Youth Ministry"  which are: to call young people to be disciples of Jesus Christ; to respond to the needs and interests of young people; to work together in partnership, young people and adults; to be connected to the whole church, community, and world and to be inclusive of all young people.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article V, Section 13 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Trustee

 The trustees are duly elected officers of Presbytery and on behalf of Presbytery have authority in matter of real property and in civil affairs.  They are also an elected Administrative Commission of Presbytery with authority to act in routine requests from congregations for permission to encumber, sell, or mortgage property.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to G-9.0505 of the Book of Order and Article V, Section 3 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Permanent Judicial Commission

The Permanent Judicial Commission is responsible for deciding cases transmitted to it in accordance with the Book of Order.  The decision, remedial or disciplinary, is the decision of Presbytery.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to D-4.0200 of the Book of Order and Article V, Section 4 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Committee on Ministry

Serves as pastor and counselor of ministers; facilitates relationships between congregations, ministers, and Presbytery; and mediates difficulties on behalf of Presbytery when possible and expedient.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to G-11.0500 of the Book of Order and Article V, Section 5 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Committee on Preparation for Ministry

An agency of Presbytery responsible for the care and supervision of candidates for the Ministry of the Word.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to G-14.0300 and G-14.0400 of the Book of Order and Article V, Section 6 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Committee on Representation

This committee assesses the composition and selection of leadership for the Agencies and divisions of Presbytery to assure reflection of the rich diversity of its membership.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to G-11.0302 of the Book of Order and Article V, Section 7 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is the means by which the Presbytery renews its leadership.  This is accomplished in part by seeking out and placing before Presbytery persons whose interests, skills and experience qualify them for such leadership.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article V, Section 8 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Presbyterian Women's Council

The Presbyterian Women's Council provides stimulation, coordination, and support for mission, evangelism, social justice, and ecumenical partnerships among women of the Presbytery.  They coordinate women's programs and bring the resources of women's programs into the life and mission of Presbytery.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article V, Section 9 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Hispanic Ministries Council

Hispanic Ministries Council assists the Program Divisions and Agencies of Presbytery in overseeing the care and nurture of Hispanic congregations in coordination of ministries and programs.  They provide stimulation and support of and for Hispanic programs at all levels of the Church.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article V, Section 10 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Camp, Conference, and Retreat Committee

The Camp, Conference and Retreat Committee develops a camp and conference program consistent with the overall mission direction, priorities and strategy of Presbytery.  It promotes, operates and staffs year-round camp facilities while supporting other divisions, agencies and churches as they plan for seminars, workshops, conferences and retreats. It also plans, promotes and implements a summer program of camping and conference experiences for children, youth and adults.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article V, Section 11 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Henrietta M. King Memorial Fund

The Henrietta M. King Memorial Fund is a capital fund of Mission Presbytery primary for capital improvement loans to churches and not for new church development loans.  The fund is to be considered as a last source for funding and not a first source for churches.  The trustees of the Fund are an elected Administrative Commission of Presbytery with power to grant loans from this Fund.  Actions regarding loans are to be reported regularly to Presbytery.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article V, Section 12 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

Clerk's Committee

The Clerk's Committee will work with Presbytery's Stated Clerk to assist in the work of the office of the State Clerk and to monitor the work of the clerk.  They recommend action on all official communications, on overtures and other communications between governing bodies of the church.  Additionally, they oversee the review of sessional minutes and maintain a history of the Presbytery.  For a fuller and more detailed description of this committee, refer to Article V, Section 13 of the Manual of Operations for Mission Presbytery.

 

 

 

 

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