The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mortgage Corporation is a special purpose corporation with a narrowly defined mission. In order to increase the availability of church loan funds it may be necessary, from time to time, to raise funds through the securitization of loans originated by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment and Loan Program, Inc. Therefore, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mortgage Corporation may purchase and accept the transfer of loans from the Investment & Loan Program and/or Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) middle governing body corporations. Once purchased and transferred, the Mortgage Corporation shall service the loans, while simultaneously selling to a financial institution the right to receive revenues from such purchased loans.
The Board of Directors consists of three (3) members: two (2) members nominated by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment and Loan Program, Inc., and one (1) at large member nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mortgage Corporation is a Pennsylvania corporation whose sole member is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation.
Skills & Expertise Needed: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mortgage Corporation seeks people with financial skills, banking or brokering experience, credit analysis and risk management, and loan operations.
Time Requirement: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mortgage Corporation’s Board of Directors meets once each year, typically in conjunction with a meeting of the Investment & Loan Program’s Board of Directors. Additional meetings can be telephone, as required by the business.
Nominated by GANC: 1 At-Large member nominated to the General Assembly Mission Council for election up to 2 four-year terms.
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The National Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) provides the opportunity for the members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and non-members to help establish partnerships with economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people in the United States and around the world, which helps them to develop toward their own potential, self-determination, and human dignity. (People who are not Presbyterian may be nominated, elected, and serve). The National Committee shares this ministry with middle governing body Committees, as the focal point of the Church's efforts to promote the self-development concept and cause. The Committee membership is 31 persons. Each person may be considered to serve up to two four-year terms.
Time requirement: Approximately 20-25 days per year. It is important that persons considering service on the National Committee are aware of the great demand on their time and energy. Annually, there is a minimum of three National Committee meetings, three task force meetings, and standing committee meetings, as well as several required site-visits to communities from which applications come. Every other year (non General Assembly year) one of the three National SDOP meetings is a retreat for the National, Synod and Presbytery SDOP Committees in a specific region. All are encouraged to submit nomination forms.
Nominated by GANC: 22 At-Large, 3 persons proposed by synods rotation and 6 persons proposed by presbyteries rotation - Over a four year term.
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Needed: Presbyterians with passion to support ministry in the U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Four Presbyterian denominations elect members to the Council. The Constitution of the Council sets forth 10 specific responsibilities: 1) inform the church that its mission is carried into unique and difficult areas through Chaplains' ministries; 2) procure, screen, and endorse clergy to serve as chaplains to the military, both active and reserve status; to the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, both full and part-time; to the Civil Air Patrol; and to the services' Candidacy Seminarian programs; 3) provide ecclesiastical supervision and support; 4) keep chaplains and governing bodies aware of mutual responsibilities and foster live and supportive relationships; 5) provide a unified influential voice in speaking to the government on matters relating to military personnel; 6) develop effective programs of ministry to military personnel; 7) encourage and enable local congregations in support of their members in the military services; 8) cooperate with other similar ecclesiastical bodies; 9) give representation to denominational agencies and ecumenical bodies in concerns with matters relating to military personnel and VA Hospital patients; and 10) consider other matters as referred by member denominations. Eight (8) at-large-members and 1 GAMC member to represent the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on the Council.
Skills and Expertise: Some knowledge of military/VA chaplaincy would be most helpful. Members would normally be retired, reserve or former chaplains or spouses, or have extensive military experience. As our work deals often with the middle and upper courts of the church, persons with past or current experience in elected or staff positions would be helpful.
Time Requirement: One annual meeting in November requires two full days. If elected to Executive or Interview Committee an additional two to four interspersed days during year. Visits/calls are made to active duty chaplains serving in local area.
Nominated by GANC: 8 At-Large; 1 membership from GAMC - Over a four year term. Find out more about the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel.
The purpose of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee is to give policy advice, review the work, assist in setting strategic program direction and planning, and recommend an annual budget. This "is a ministry of relief and response to national and international disasters, aid to refugees and displaced persons, refugee resettlement and efforts toward development." This ministry is "carried out through ecumenical partnerships, related church agencies, middle governing bodies, and congregations." Nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee and elected by the General Assembly, this committee reports to the General Assembly Mission Council’s Justice Mission Committee.
Each member is expected to assist in: 1) giving policy advice; 2) reviewing the work of PDA; 3) assisting in setting strategic program direction and planning; 4) participating in recommending an annual budget; 5) being personally involved in program interpretation of the One Great Hour of Sharing; 6) contributing their knowledge and expertise in disaster relief; and 7) working with staff to develop and implement communication and fund-raising strategies. The committee is comprised of seven (7) At-Large members. Members are eligible to serve one four-year term and are eligible for consideration to one additional term.
Skills & Expertise Needed: The Advisory Committee seeks persons with special skills and knowledge in communication/public relations, financial management, and strategic planning. Experience in disaster response or international relief ministries are a pre-requisite for membership on the committee.
Time Requirement: Meets twice a year for 2-3 days each meeting. One to two conference calls between meetings.
Nominated by GANC: 7 At-Large - Over four year term.
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The purpose of the Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee is to guide the church’s response to hunger and its underlying causes by serving as advisors to staff. The PHP works in five program areas: Direct Food Relief, Development Assistance, Hunger Education, Public Policy Advocacy, and Lifestyle Integrity. The program seeks to strengthen hunger work in congregations, presbyteries and partners thru its domestic and international grants, a network of Hunger Action Enablers across the country, and implementation of education and advocacy projects.
Each member is expected to: 1) review funding applications and make recommendations on grants; 2) attend all meetings [two 2-day meetings in March and October and two or three conference calls throughout the year]; 3) promote OGHS and other initiatives to support the PHP; and 4) if possible, encourage Hunger Action Enablers and others who are engaged in the PHP's work at mid-governing body level.
The entire PHP Advisory Committee is responsible to the Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry (or its successors) and carries out the following tasks: 1) recommending PHP operating guidelines; 2) making and reporting funding (grant) decisions within the approved guidelines; and 3) suggesting the development of programs and strategies for implementing the "Common Affirmation on Global Hunger," and other General Assembly policies related to hunger and poverty. Up to 11 members: Nine (9 At-Large) who are eligible for up to two four-year terms; one (1) liaison from GAMC Justice Mission Committee; and one (1) Mission to U.S.A. person or a Missionary-in-Residence, when available.
Skills & Expertise Needed: Members are selected on the basis of their experience/expertise in domestic or international development issues and/or of their involvement in hunger ministry at the national, synod, presbytery, or international level. They are also recruited for their regional distribution, their racial ethnic identity, and their status as lay or clergy persons.
Time Requirement: PHP meets face-to-face two times annually (March and October), with subcommittees meeting 2-3 times annually by conference call.
Nominated by GANC: 9 At-Large - Over four-year term.
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The National Council of Presbyterian Men Inc. (NCPMI), operating as the National Presbyterian Men’s Ministry (NPMM or PM), is the General Assembly's organization of Presbyterian men. Synod, presbytery, and congregational organizations of Presbyterian Men are responsible to their respective governing bodies and are related to the National Council by membership affiliation. The National Council is composed of the members of its Executive Board; members elected by synods, Synod Representatives (SR); presbyteries, Presbytery Representatives (PR); and member congregations, Congregation Representatives (CR). The Board has thirteen (13) members: Moderator; Vice Moderator/Moderator-Elect; Clerk; Treasurer; African American/Black Men’s Representative; Hispanic/Latino Men’s Representative; Korean Men’s Representative; Native American Men’s Representative; Young Men’s Representative; Immediate Past Moderator; Chair of the Membership and Advocacy Committee; and two (2) Ministers of the Word and Sacrament elected at-large by the General Assembly to the office of Pastor Advisor and who serve terms of two years.
Skills & Expertise Needed: Nominees to the Executive Board should be representative of the diversity reflected in the NPMM, geographically and ethnically. Nominees must be willing and able to perform the duties associated with their position Pastor Advisor and will serve in all phases of the PM operation and organizational structure. They are asked to provide prayer and devotion at all national meetings and to assist the worship leader at Worship/Communion Services. These requirements and availability to participate in email, conference call, and in-person Executive Board and National Council meetings during the year are considerations that guide the election of these members.
Time Requirement: The Executive Board generally meets one time per year. The Executive Board also meets by conference call and frequently communicates by email. A national conference is held biennially in odd numbered years.
Nominated by GANC: 2 Ministers At-Large - Over a two year term.
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The Board of Directors governs a publishing corporation that is the denominational publisher of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) produces both educational and worship resources for Presbyterian congregations and members, and theological and religious books and other materials for a wide ecumenical audience. Its imprints and product lines currently include Geneva Press, Westminster John Knox Press, TheThoughtfulChristian.com, and The Presbyterian Leader.com.
The Board is composed of nine (9) to twelve (12) persons. The remaining directors will be nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee and elected by the General Assembly. Up to two four-year terms.
Skills & Expertise Needed: Expertise in business, finance, education, law, pastoral ministry, and publishing.
Time Requirement: Eight (8) days annually.
Nominated by GANC: to 12 At-Large - Over four year term.
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Presbyteries' Cooperative Committee on Examination for Candidates
This Committee prepares and administers the written examinations which comprise one of the requirements for ordination to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). [See G-14.0431] The Committee has twenty-four (24) members. Twelve (12) members of the Committee are elected (on a rotating basis) by the six regional Reading Groups, which meet annually to grade exams. The other twelve (12) members are elected by the General Assembly. Of those elected by the General Assembly, five are to be seminary faculty representatives, rotated among the Presbyterian seminaries. Each seminary faculty representative must have expertise in one of the four areas tested by the four senior ordination examinations: Biblical Exegesis (including use of biblical texts in their original languages), Theological Competence (with special emphasis on Reformed theology), Church Polity, and Worship and Sacraments. Seven (7) members of the Committee are elected from the church-at-large. The focus of the four senior ordination examinations is to determine one’s entry-level readiness for ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The exams present pastoral challenges whereby candidates may demonstrate how they integrate their faith and theological education in practical ministry.
Skills & Expertise Needed: The members of the Committee are expected to have training/expertise and/or significant practical experience in at least one of the four areas of examination. Members must have the ability to write resource papers to be used for preparation by the reading groups and give presentations on the examinations as a part of training for readers. Physical stamina and the ability to read and assess someone else’s work without imposing one’s own point of view are critical. The work of the PCC is greatly facilitated by members who are bilingual in Korean/English or Spanish/English.
Time Requirement: Annual Meeting of six days in April; Reading Groups (four days each in October and March); preparation of resource papers, questions and presentations for training of readers (seven to ten days.)
Nominated by GANC: 7 At-Large; 5 At-Large Seminary Professors (Rotated among Presbyterian seminaries) - Over a four year term.
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At each biennial assembly meeting, the General Assembly Nominating Committee nominates to the General Assembly for election two committees. Each committee reviews the work of one of the agencies of the General Assembly Board of Pensions, Committee on the Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, General Assembly Mission Council, Presbyterian Investment and Loan, Inc. and Presbyterian Publishing Corporation based on a six-year schedule. In 2012-2013 the Review Committees will review the work of the Board of Pensions and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation. The Review Committee’s responsibility is to provide an objective report to the General Assembly as to the agencies’ compliance to the standards of review and the quality and acceptability of the agencies’ self-study. The committee may provide advice on areas of program improvement. The committee’s role will be to examine the agencies’ church relations, its policies and practice and its program effectiveness. The committee will review the agencies’ self study report and other documents. It will visit the agency and talk personally with leadership staff and the governing board or committee. The governing board of the agency is responsible for the internal management of the agency and its operational details. Each Review Committee reports to the General Assembly through the General Assembly committee to which the agency annually reports.
Composition: The committee is composed of twelve (12) members: four (4) commissioners from the previous six assemblies, four (4) who have previously served on the board of a General Assembly agency that is not under review. (i.e., Committee on the Office of the General Assembly, General Assembly Mission Council, Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation) other than one being reviewed and four (4) at-large. The at large members may include ecumenical partners.
Skills & Expertise Desired: 1) The ability to offer objective perspective on the work of the Board of Pensions and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation; 2) experience in the area of work of that agency or service as an agency board member or commissioner to General Assembly. The Review Committees reporting to the 220th General Assembly will review the work of the Board of Pensions and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation.
Time Requirement: The review committee members will need to be prepared to attend and participate in at least 3 meetings (approximately 10 days total) one committee beginning in the Fall after the meeting of the General Assembly the other committee to begin the following spring.
Nominated by GANC: 12 persons: 4 at-large, 4 former members of the board of a General Assembly agency, and 4 former commissioners over a one-year period.
The Stewardship Committee develops policy and strategy for the administration of the functions that report to the Deputy Executive Directors for Shared Services and Communication and Fund Development. Shared Services supports the mission of the church by providing the following services to the ministry areas and other entities of the church: Property Management; Finance/Accounting; Purchasing; Mail and Copy Center; Hubbard Press/Presbyterian Distribution Service; and Information Technology.
Communication and Funds Development supports the mission of the church by providing the following services to the ministry areas and other entities of the church: Creative Services, Executive Office Communications, Funds Development, Funds Development Services, Mission Communications, Mission Interpretation, and Presbyterian News Service.
Skills & Expertise Needed: Persons with strong business experience and a passion for effective church stewardship. Financial, audit, communications and funds development expertise is beneficial; knowledge of customer service, distribution, real estate, and data processing, electronic media, marketing, journalism, and public relations also helpful.
Time Requirement: The Stewardship Committee meets three times a year in even years and two times a year in odd years in conjunction with and just prior to the meetings of the GAMC. Meetings are generally one day long.
Nominated by the GANC: 10 members: Eight (8) membership of GAMC; two (2) At-Large members - Over two-year term.