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 Presbyterian Mission Agency Board 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 Mid Council 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 are a minimum of three National Committee meetings, three task force meetings, standing committee meetings, and several required site-visits to communities. 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, Marine Corps, and VA Medical Centers. 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 Presbyterian Mission Agency Board 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. There may also be three or four teleconferences each year.
Nominated by GANC: 8 At-Large; 1 membership from Presbyterian Mission Agency Board - 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 Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.
Each member is expected to: 1) review and provide advice for the ongoing work of PDA to ensure that PDA is strategically aligned with the priorities of the Presbyterian Mission Agency 2) assist in setting strategic program direction and planning; 3) review and provide advice as to how designated funds should be/have been spent in large scale disasters (over $500,000) 4) be personally involved in program interpretation of the One Great Hour of Sharing; 5) contribute their knowledge and expertise in disaster relief; and 7) support the development and implementation of 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: Experience in disaster response or international relief ministries are a pre-requisite for membership on the he Advisory Committee. The committee additionally seeks persons with special skills and knowledge in communication/public relations, financial management, and strategic planning.
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 Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, 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.
Nominated by GANC: 2 Ministers At-Large - Over a two year term.
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But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him, who is the head, into Christ from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.” — Ephesians 4:15–16
For over 200 years, Presbyterians have been responding to the call of Jesus Christ, taking the gospel into all the world and bearing witness to Christ’s saving love to the ends of the earth. Today the Holy Spirit is still on the move, calling us to share in what God is doing in the world. As your partner in Christ’s service, the Presbyterian Missin Council Agency Board is faithfully working to Grow Christ’s Church Deep and Wide – bringing Presbyterians together in mission and ministry as together we grow in evangelism, discipleship, servanthood, and diversity.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board is the mission agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Six ministry areas carry out our missional work: Compassion, Peace and Justice; Evangelism and Church Growth; Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries/Presbyterian Women; Theology, Worship and Education; Vocation; and World Mission. Together with Shared Services, and Communications and Funds Development, these ministry areas work to inspire, equip, and connect all Presbyterians for the church’s work. The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board works in partnership with congregations, presbyteries, synods, other Presbyterian-related organizations, and ecumenical partners.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s strategic directions for 2011 – 2012 are as follows: engage in communities of mission practice, focus on the health of congregations and other communities of faith, focus on leadership development, embrace a global perspective, and reach out to collegians and young adults.
Who We Serve
The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board serves presbyteries and synods, congregations, officers and members, mission networks and organizations, and a variety of other groups and individuals within the church such as seminaries, schools and colleges, associations for musicians, camps and conference centers and others. These constituents often have different interests and concerns, which the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board must balance.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s budget consists of a variety of funding streams, including shared and directed mission funding from congregations through presbyteries; endowments; sales of resources; grants; Presbyterian Women; validated mission support groups; individuals; and churchwide special offerings.
Size and Complexity of Presbyterian Mission Agency Board
The Presbyterian Mission Agency has approximately 350 employees plus 200 international mission workers and additional national volunteers. While much of the work is directed toward serving external constituents, the PMA coordinates a variety of specific ministries and support functions to accomplish its mission.
An elected body of 40 voting members and 15 corresponding members oversees the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.
Role of Board Members
- Provide governance and oversight to the Presbyterian Mission Agency
- Fiduciary – use wisdom, sound judgment, and experience to help the Board in manners of stewardship, finance, and the execution of its goals and objectives
- Strategic – use experience to help inform the work and vision of the Board and to help the Council develop and implement plans
- Generative – engage in forward-looking discussions designed to anticipate the needs and opportunities to serve the church
- Serve as an ambassador for the work of the Board, communicating its mission and ministry to the wider PC(USA)
Qualities of Council Members
- Deep faith and good understanding of the Reformed tradition and Presbyterian polity and able to apply it to the work of the Council
- Love for Christ’s church and openness to “Reformed and always being Reformed”
- Constructive, even when critical, probing and prophetic, to do so in a way that builds up the church and fellow members and staff
- Leadership skills
- Ability to communicate effectively with people of diverse theological viewpoints
- Sound judgment – sort out what is important and what is not; bring wisdom to deliberations
Experience/Skills Currently Needed
The church will be best served with a Mission Council representing a range of experience and skills, especially those listed below. We are particularly seeking persons with these skills in 2012.
- Experience working with large, complex organizations
- Funds Development
- Strategic Planning
- Education – Seminary, Christian education
- Large church as well as small
- New church development
- Youth and young adult ministry
“The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shall give full expression to the rich diversity within its membership and shall provide means which will assure a greater inclusiveness leading to wholeness in its emerging life.” (F-1.0403 of the Book of Order) In response to the church’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Baord especially seeks persons of color, persons with disabilities, and younger teaching and ruling elders.
Expectations of Elected Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Members
- Able to fulfill one six-year-term (those elected at the 2012 General Assembly will complete their term at the close of the 2018 General Assembly).
- Minimum mandatory commitment to spend 8 -12 days a year attending Presbyterian Mission Agency Board meetings (in Assembly years there are three meetings per year - one in February, May, and September and in non-Assembly years there are two meetings per year - one in February and in September)
- Service on at least one other related committee, requiring up to six additional days per year
- Willingness and ability to serve on various task forces, other boards, and committees
- Comfort and desire speaking with other groups across the church about the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board
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: Three two-day face-to-face meetings per year (total of six days), plus 1-2 conference calls per year.
Nominated by GANC: up to 12 At-Large - Over four year term.
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This Committee prepares and administers the written examinations that comprise one of the requirements for ordination to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). [See G-2.0607d] The Committee has twenty-four (24) members. Twelve (12) members of the Committee are elected (on a rotating basis) from among readers in six regional groupings of presbyteries. The other twelve (12) members are elected by the General Assembly, with consideration being given to areas of needed expertise, to gender and racial/ethnic representation, to an approximate balance of ruling and teaching elders, and to various sub-cultures within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with regard to the overall composition of the PCC. There is particular need for persons who have post-graduate 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. 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 online presentations on the examinations as a part of training for readers. The ability to read and assess someone else’s work without imposing one’s own point of view is 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/May; participation in review of reader comments during four exam evaluation periods each year (first week of February, May, August, and November, working from home using online technologies); preparation of resource papers, questions and presentations for training of readers (seven to ten days total on flexible scheduling)
Nominated by GANC: 12 at-large members in two staggered classes of six members each, serving four-year terms.
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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, Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, 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, Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, 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.