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Commission on Ministry

The Commission on Ministry (COM) supports Trinity Presbytery by providing for the functions of pastoral care, community building, accountabilityand discipline for ministers of the Word and Sacrament, Certified Christian Educators, Commissioned Ruling Elders, and member congregations of the Presbytery. This is inclusive of all, whether retired, not currently serving, or serving in churches or Validated Ministries. The COM oversees andbrings recommendations to the Presbytery that facilitate the ordaining, installing, receiving, dismissing and disciplining of ministers of the Word and Sacrament, Certified Christian educators, and commissioned ruling elders. It also has been commissioned by Trinity Presbytery to grant ministers of the Word and Sacrament permission to move onto the field and begin their work between presbytery meetings.

In fulfilling its duties and responsibilities, the Commission on Ministry shall:
a.    function according to the provisions of the Book of Order, G-3.0307 and G-2.08, and has authority of the Presbytery to dissolve the pastoral relationship in cases where the congregation and Teaching Elder or Commissioned Ruling Elder concur (Book of Order, G-2.09 and G-2.10).
b.     have responsibility for all Minister members of the Presbytery, Ministers of the Word and Sacrament seeking membership, Candidates seeking ordination, Christian Educators, Commissioned Ruling Elders, Pastor Nominating Committees, and Educator Search Committees.
c.     examine all Ministers of the Word and Sacrament seeking membership in the Presbytery (Book of Order, G-2.0503), all Candidates seeking ordination and membership in the Presbytery (Book of Order, G-2.0702), and all Ruling Elders seeking to be commissioned by the Presbytery (Book of Order, G-2.1002) in preparation for examination and reception by the Presbytery .
d.     report directly to the Presbytery in all matters regarding Ministers, calls to Ministers from churches, the appropriateness of Ministers' work, and the relationship between Ministers and congregations, or Commissioned Ruling Elders and congregations, or Educators and congregations.
e.      oversee the professional development of Ministers, Church Educators, and commissioned workers, ensuring that these persons are taking advantage of available conferences, seminars, and continuing education opportunities.
f.      oversee the distribution of available scholarship funds for continuing education for church professionals.
g.     administer the Alex Mitchell Endowment Fund for Pastoral Care and Professional Development.
h.     interpret and promote the work of the Board of Pensions among Ministers, Educators, and members of the Benefits Plan, providing information on material support and benefits available to church workers.

​Any member in good standing in a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation within the bounds of Trinity Presbytery, together with all Ministers of the Word and Sacrament who are members of the Presbytery, shall be eligible for election to membership on the Commission on Ministry. Such members shall be Ruling Elders, Ministers, or other church professionals.

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