The Division of Church Councils Institutional Support (DOCC) coordinates relationships between the Presbytery and the institutions supported by it, the councils over which the Presbytery has jurisdiction and all other councils unless otherwise specified in the Manual of Administrative Operations.


In fulfilling its duties and responsibilities, the Division of Church Councils and Institutional Support shall:

a. develop the annual budget of the Presbytery by gathering from the various agencies of the Presbytery their program proposals and budget requests for the following year during the first quarter of each calendar year, and prepare from these requests a budget of needs and objectives for the following calendar year.

b. report the budget needs to the Coordinating Team for review and approval for presentation to the meeting of the Presbytery at the Summer Stated Meeting for information.

c. develop a schedule of proposed askings from the churches and present it to the Presbytery and to the churches at the earliest possible date and after any necessary refinements and adjustments, present a Proposed Spending Budget for the Presbytery at the Fall stated meeting, which shall include projected support for higher councils and institutions.

d. develop a balanced Spending Budget after churches have responded to the annual mission funding askings and negotiations have been completed among the agencies of Presbytery and present this budget to the February meeting of the Presbytery, together with a demonstration of how it is to be supported, for adoption by the Presbytery for implementation.

e. prepare and recommend to the Presbytery Coordinating Team and the Presbytery suggested mission funding askings from each congregation with justification for these askings, which may be separated into the following categories: Per Capita Apportionments, Unified Giving and Theological Education Fund, and inform congregations that Selected Giving by congregations does not fund or affect the Operating Budget of the Presbytery.

f. work with the Presbytery Treasurer to monitor revenue and expense budgets of Presbytery and to oversee all funds held by the Presbytery.  

g. review and approve requests for expenditures not in the approved budget. 

h. receive and study proposals for capital campaigns and special offerings and make recommendations to the Presbytery.

i. work with the Stated Clerk and Treasurer to provide annual training for Clerks of Session, Church Treasurers, and Commissioners elected to attend the General Assembly.

j. develop and monitor the systems of communication that enable timely and relevant information to flow between congregations, Divisions, the Coordinating Team, individuals, and institutions.

k. provide for the annual review of the Sessional Records of all churches and review biennially the registers of the churches.

l. review proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and recommend action to the Presbytery in accordance with the Book of Order, G-6.04.

m. review all overtures and resolutions addressed to the Presbytery or to higher councils in consultation with the Stated Clerk and present them to the Presbytery along with recommendations for response.

n. request each year that institutions supported by the Presbytery's budget report on their ministries. This shall include the Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina; the William Brearley Home and the South Carolina Inn at Montreat; Thornwell Home for Children; Presbyterian College; Villa International-Atlanta; the South Carolina Campus Ministry Cabinet; and the South Carolina Christian Action Council.


Any member in good standing in a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation within the bounds of Trinity Presbytery, together with all Teaching Elders who are members of the Presbytery, shall be eligible for election to this committee.

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