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PRESBYTERY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE
Stated Clerk and Associate Presbyter for Equipping Leaders

Purpose:

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.

Responsibilities:

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.

Terms:

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.

Eligibility:

Must be a Presbyterian Ruling or Teaching Elder.

 

 

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Help Us Support Bethany's VBS

The Committee on Leadership invites the presbytery to share in the ministry of Bethany Presbyterian Church’s Vacation Bible School.  Bethany will be hosting this Intergenerational VBS Event in August of 2018. The theme will revolve around care of God’s planet, stewardship of God’s resources, sharing the planet with animals, pollution, climate change, and our call to make a difference. These issues will be addressed through the story of Noah’s Ark.

Sharon has provided a list of needed supplies, and we invite you to bring these supplies to the May presbytery meeting at Medina.  There will be a table set up to receive your donations to this ministry.  The VBS is expected to reach 20-30 community and church children and has been a source of growth and life for the Bethany Church. 

 List of Supplies (Easily Brought to May the Presbytery Meeting) For Bethany Presbyterian Church Intergenerational VBS Event 2018

Fuse Beads
White Drawing Paper- 12x18
Manilla Paper- 12x18
Newsprint
Coffee Filters- white/round
Crayola Thick Markers-any colors
Crayola Thin Markers- any colors
Plastic Coated Wire
Bingo Spot Markers
Nature Stencils or Rubber Stampers
Animal Stencils or Rubber Stampers
Air Dry Clay
Window Screening
Small Wooden Frames (such as for stretching canvas)
Construction Paper
Lg Canvas Drop Cloth
Noah’s Ark Stickers
Brown Grocery Bags
Ribbon/String/Twine
Old Blenders/Food Processors
Craft Sticks
Pipe Cleaners- all colors
Milk Bottle Caps
Animal Print Fabric Scraps
Fine Line Permanent Markers
Old Game Pieces/Parts (Markers, spinners, dice, etc)
Children’s Books: topics- recycling, up-cycling, the environment, weather, pollution, etc.
Weather related science equipment- Rain Gage, Weather Vane, Barometer, etc
Rainbow/Cloud/Ark/Animal Party Decorations

PRESBYTERY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE
Transitional General Presbyter

Purpose

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.

Responsibilities

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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