Nominating Update

Here is a list of the committees that our faithful nominating committee is seeking to fill. Please take a moment to read the description of the various committees/teams that make up our Plan of Presbytery. Take this next couple weeks to discern how God is calling you to serve. And contact the nominating committee: Molly Dykstra and Dawn Adamy 



7.011 The Central Leadership Team represents the ministries and congregations of the Presbytery and has responsibility for the coordination and program of the Presbytery. Consequently, it has the primary responsibility for determining the support needed by member congregations and ministries; engaging in strategic planning; and developing policies for the Presbytery. It shall have 5 members, striving for balance between Teaching and Ruling Elders. The former moderator of the presbytery shall moderate the Central Leadership Team and the Head-of-Staff serve ex-officio. It will oversee the on-going operations of the presbytery and conduct the business of the presbytery between meetings. … The Central Leadership Team shall meet no less than 5 times per year.

8.01 The Trustees of the Presbytery of New Brunswick shall be nominated by the Nominating committee and elected by the Presbytery. The Trustees will have 5 members, with an equitable division of teaching and ruling elders. … Each member of the Trustees shall be elected for a term of 3 years and may be re-elected for a second term, but shall not serve more than 6 consecutive years.

8.03 The Trustees shall have such power and authority as is given to Trustees of religious corporations by Title 16 of the Statutes of the State of New Jersey subject to the superior authority (in the spirit of Book of Order G-4.0101, as it pertains to the Session and Trustees) of the Presbytery Council Central Leadership Team and of the Presbytery itself.. … The Trustees shall meet at least quarterly but may agree to meet more often as needed.

9.03 The Committee on Ministry shall have a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 15 members with equal numbers of elders and ministers. It shall also provide counsel to ministers regarding continuing education, and shall make recommendations to Presbytery concerning pension, pension supplements, benefits, or emergency finan- 18 cial aid to ministers. This committee shall be attentive to the needs and relationships of all continuing members of Presbytery, placing equal value on its work with clergy as well as congregations.

9.04 The Committee on Preparation for Ministry shall have eighteen members with equal numbers of teaching and ruling elders. Two members shall be appointed to serve on the Joint Committee on Ruling Elders Commissioned to Particular Pastoral Service. All members should have a concern for those exploring a call to service to the church as ministers of Word and Sacrament (also called teaching elders),

9.05 Grants Committee shall have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 mem bers, equally divided between ministers and elders, and have regular consultation with the Treasurer. This group shall consider applications for restricted funds which have established spending guidelines including but not limited to the Capital Reserve Fund, the Presbytery Wide Concerns Fund, the Urban Fund, the Urban Leadership Fund and the Tapestry Fund. It shall also resource/direct churches or leaders seeking funds to synod or other grant agencies, as appropriate. It shall develop and regularly communicate grant application deadlines.

9.06 Stewardship of Property Committee shall be comprised of a minimum of four persons with an equal division of teaching and ruling elders. Requests for consultation with the Stewardship of Property Committee shall be facilitated through the Committee on Ministry and/or the Trustees. The Head-of-staff and Stated Clerk are to resource this committee, and the Treasurer to consult as needed. The Committee will recommend appropriate actions to the Trustees, including those that need approval by the presbytery.

10.08 The Personnel Committee shall consist of four six at-large members with equal number of elders and ministers. The immediate past moderator shall also be a member, and the Head-of-staff Presbyter shall serve ex officio, without vote. The chairperson of the Personnel Committee shall be named by the Nominating Committee from the elected members. The Personnel Committee shall supervise the work of the Head-of-staff Presbyter and other Presbytery employed staff. It shall also support and encourage the staff in their work, consult with employed staff persons at the initiation of either party, recommend to the Presbytery Council Central Leadership Team policy for all employed personnel of Presbytery, and conduct annual and comprehensive employee performance reviews.

10.01 There shall be a Presbytery Nominating Committee composed of six members serving in three classes of two members each. The membership shall be composed of one-third ministers, one-third laywomen, and one-third laymen (G-9.0801).

11.01 There shall be a Presbytery Committee on Representation, nominated by the Nominating Committee, constituted and functioning according to provisions of the Book of Order (G-3.0103). This committee shall advise the Nominating Committee of any need for nominations in particular categories that should have increased representation.

(reference at 6.01) Permanent Judicial Commission (Description from Nom. Com notes: The basis term is 6 years. Then one would serve an additional 4 years in a reserve capacity. During this reserve period, a person  would only be called upon if the PJC could not muster the needed numbers of active members for  a case. This allows for members who are away, must recuse themselves, or not having a full complement of members. One meeting a year for election of moderator and clerk, plus and hour or so general training by the stated clerk, is a given. Apart from that, there is nothing to do unless a case starts. There have been times when we have gone three or more years without even one case. About a third of all cases get settled one way or another during preliminary phases and only one meeting of the moderator and clerk and one meeting of the PJC plus some email and phone calls are required. The rest of the cases are likely to require two meetings of the moderator and clerk and two meetings of the whole PJC, one of which (trial) might go for a whole 8 hour day.Any case that needs more times than that goes into appeal and is no longer the duty of the PJC.)

Remember, this is our year. This is the time to say Yes


2 Comments Add yours

  1. peter gregory says:

    A few years ago we ran into the very common problem in the church of getting folks to serve on the mandated boards Session ,Deacons as well as the other committees of the church. It seemed folks in their hyper busy, hyper involved lives outside of church, really were reluctant to commit to board or committee X for the standard 3 years+. And we have to remember in this present day, even for super committed church people, the “church” is not the center of their lives in terms of either time or social engagements.

    So rather than fighting the losing battle of stuffing people in the inflexible square and round holes of the institution, we adopted a far more flexible and relaxed system of service. We of course keep a minimum of elders and deacons in active service to keep the church operational. But we no longer ask in nominations for 3 years on a board. Rather we ask people to serve in far shorter time horizons and commitments for specific project or goals. So sometimes Session meetings any be the usual active members, may be many more, as folks “fleet up” to do or work a specific project or program, then less as the programs get done. When we did a close to 100K capital campaign to do the work in the gym area, we brought many into the Session meeting process, then they went off as the project was completed. We operate the Friday night youth skating and outreach programs the same way.

    Folks, church folks, are indeed looking to make a difference, but their service needs to be effective and visible in the short and long term. If Presbytery is having issues and troubles filling certain jobs or roles, maybe its the jobs and the roles, or the assumptions behind them that need to adopt to the reality of time compression for many people in 2017, and quit trying to arm twist or jam folks because it says so on some flow chart or paper. Again I said yes to PCOM after many ‘no’s’ post the Ewing AC work. And I am happy that I did, but again, I find enjoyment in what I do. And find the work most satisfying. Some of the other things PNB may be looking for, maybe not so much.


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