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Presbyterian Church (USA)

Stated Clerk and Associate Presbyter for Equipping Leaders


To fulfill responsibilities for all ecclesiastical matters assigned to the office of the presbytery Stated Clerk in accordance with the Book of Order; provide knowledge and support for equipping lay and clergy leaders; function as a member of the Presbytery staff team; and seek to build relationships with pastors and congregations.


As Stated Clerk:

1. Act as communicator for the Presbytery with the Sessions, other presbyteries, synods, and General Assembly.

2. Responsible for providing for organizational and procedural details for Presbytery meetings, including acting as parliamentarian, providing for the recording of minutes and approving the distribution of literature and petitions at Presbytery meetings.

3. Provide advice and counsel concerning matters of Presbyterian polity and the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

4. Supervise maintenance of official records for the Presbytery: keep all rolls as required by the Book of Order; record all calls to ministers within the Presbytery and all changes therein.

5. Receive and transfer certified calls for ministers and candidates; process contracts and covenants; receive, distribute, record, and report overtures, amendments, or other actions of the Presbytery.

6. Supervise preparation and submission of reports required of the Presbytery by the Synod and General Assembly, including Minutes of Presbytery, annual statistical reports, verification of General Assembly records, etc.

7. Facilitate all processes involved in judicial cases as specified in the Rules of Discipline

8. Serve as an ex-officio member of and recording secretary for the Mission Council, with voice not vote, as Secretary for the Corporation, and as a member of the Coordinating Team.

Accountability and Evaluation:

The Stated Clerk is responsible to the Presbytery of the Western Reserve and shall be reviewed as specified in the By-laws.

As Associate Presbyter for Equipping Leaders

9. Serve as primary staff resource to the Committee on Ministry, and as consultant to the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and Leadership Development Ministry.

10. Build relationships with congregations and leaders to discern needs; communicate needs/requests to other staff or Ministries as appropriate.

11. Maintain familiarity with congregational resources, resource persons and educational opportunities.

12. Oversee the work of the Staff Associate to the General Presbyter and Stated Clerk with regard to ecclesiastical, COM and CPM responsibilities.

13. Seek to support and strengthen ties with congregations, coordinating efforts with the General Presbyter to build relationships with specific pastors and congregations as time permits.

14. Share in the planning and work of the staff team.

15. Assume any other duties as Associate Presbyter as assigned by the General Presbyter.

Accountability and Evaluation

The Associate Presbyter works as a member of the Presbytery staff team and is supervised by the General Presbyter and accountable to the Personnel Committee. There shall be an annual review and a comprehensive review prior to re-election, conducted by the Personnel Committee. The Stated Clerk/Associate Presbyter is subject to the Presbytery’s Personnel Policies.


This is a two-thirds time exempt position for a term as specified in the By-laws and is renewable upon re-election by the Presbytery.


Must be a Presbyterian Ruling or Teaching Elder.



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