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Presbyterian Church (USA)

Transitional General Presbyter


Someone with daring honesty, audacious hope, and courageous faith to guide the Presbytery through a time of transition, in which we work collaboratively to rediscover God’s call and mission; to review resources and explore organizational models; and to discern our vision for the future.


1) Serve as Head of Staff at the Presbytery office: motivating, supervising, coordinating and evaluating its staff.

2) Participate fully in the work of the Committee on Ministry, attending meetings and serving as a guide and counselor to the committee, according to the Book of Order (G-11.0502).

3) Explore with clergy and laity structural models that facilitate healing, as well as mission-oriented change.

4) Support and participate in the development and allocation of funding resources.

5) Serve as a member of the Coordinating Team, which determines the process and content of Presbytery meetings in conjunction with Mission Council.

6) Motivate laity and clergy to use discernment tools so that groups and meetings are led by God’s Spirit to achieve clarity about issues and guidance towards their resolution.

7) Support the practice of sound fiscal management of the Presbytery’s financial resources and assets through work with the Administration Ministry and Mission Council.

8) Serve as primary advocate of the Church-wide Equal Employment Opportunity Plan and the Presbytery’s Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines.

9) Communicate with the congregations and interpret to them the Mission of the Presbytery.

Responsibilities shared with the staff team of the Presbytery

1) Initiate ideas that will enhance the effectiveness of the Presbytery’s vision and sense of direction for mutual growth and ministry.

2) Support the elected leadership of Presbytery to prayerfully set goals and priorities for the work of ministry units consistent with the mission statement.

3) Review with appropriate leadership of the Presbytery, the relevance of the mission direction goals in light of emerging trends and concerns.

4) Encourage multi-directional communication among the units of the Presbytery, the congregations, their members and leaders.

5) Develop a caring relationship with and among the pastors and churches of the Presbytery.

6) Represent the Presbytery in ecumenical, interfaith, and secular settings.

Relationships with Higher Governing Bodies

Participate in synod-wide staff meetings.

Cooperate with and obtain information from the presbyteries in the Synod of the Covenant in areas of mutual interest and concern.

Communicate with the Office of the General Assembly as necessary.

Term and Evaluation

The Transitional General Presbyter will serve a two-year term, accountable to Mission Council through the Personnel Committee, and will be evaluated by the Personnel Committee every six months.

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