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Committee on Theological Education

The Committee on Theological Education (COTE) is a General Assembly committee whose purpose is to hold and nurture the PCUSA’s relationship with the institutions of theological education that are in formal relationship with the denomination. It supports communication between the denomination and these seminaries and seeks to enable these seminaries to support the denomination’s mission through their ministry of education and training, particularly of pastoral leaders.  In cooperation with the Presbyterian Foundation, COTE serves as an advocate for theological education, seeking to encourage financial and other support of these seminaries through the Theological Education Fund and the Theological Schools Endowment Fund. COTE reports directly to the General Assembly, and to the Board of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Nine (9) to eleven (11) voting members: 5 to 7 members elected by and representing the General Assembly, 4 representatives of the institutions of theological education that are Institutional Members of COTE. Length of term: 4-year term. Members elected by GA may NOT be Trustees, Staff, or Faculty of any of the institutions of theological education that are in formal relationship with this denomination through membership in COTE.

Skills & Expertise Needed: Persons with expertise in processes related to ministry formation in the PC(USA) for example, CPM, COM, board membership, new church development, and church transformation; persons who have experience with academic institutions; persons who have a keen interest in theological education, and church leadership development.

Time Requirement: Two meetings per year, generally Winter and Fall. Meetings generally last a day and a half. Possible task force and committee meetings in addition.

Nominated by GANC: 5-7 elected members.  For a four-year term

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Educator Certification Committee (ECC)

The Educator Certification Committee establishes the standards of the Educator Certification process. These standards are described in detail within the Educator Certification Handbook, as approved by the Committee. Standards include the oversight of courses offered to fulfill knowledge and skill requirements, designating and connecting with Educator Certification Advisors in consultation with presbyteries, maintaining/establishing communication with certified educators, and evaluating certification examinations. The Council also maintains relationships with the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators and with theological institutions related to the PC(USA). The Educator Certification Committee is made up of nine (9) members elected in two classes for four-year terms. A committee member may be elected to a second consecutive term. Membership of the Committee should include at least one of the following: director of Christian education; staff of a middle governing body; pastor serving a church that employs a church educator; faculty or staff member of a Presbyterian Church (USA) theological school; associate pastor of Christian education; racial/ethnic representative. Ex-officio members of the Council include: a representative from the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators and a representative from Union Presbyterian Seminary. The Committee is staffed by the PC(USA) Manager of Ruling Elder Resources and Educator Certification.

Skills & Expertise Desired: Persons wishing to be considered for the Educator Certification Committee should possess the following skills: knowledge of the content areas necessary for Educator Certification (biblical interpretation; Reformed theology; Presbyterian polity; Presbyterian program and mission; religious education theory and practice; worship and sacraments; experience in Christian education in congregations; and expertise in evaluating educational materials.)

Time Requirement: Meets once a year for three days and at least three times a year electronically (additional sub-committee electronic meetings may also be necessary), with committee work between meetings handled through email and conference calls. In addition, committee members are expected to evaluate Certification exams each year and to work with other committee members to give written feedback to candidates for Certification concerning their work.

Nominated by the GANC: 9 At-Large – For a four year term.Find out more about the Educator Certification Committee.

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General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (GACEIR)

The General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations works to highlight the vision of ecumenical involvement and work within the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The committee plans and coordinates the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s engagement in ecumenical relations, articulating Reformed and Presbyterian identity in the midst of the church's ecumenical commitments and provides guidance for the church's conversations with non-Christian religious traditions.

The GACEIR is composed of 20 members: 12 At-Large, 2 – appointed by entities - (1) from the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly and (1) from the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board; 4 - Invited from ecumenical partners (1) and full communion partners (3); 2 - Ex-Officio with Vote - Stated Clerk (or Associate Stated Clerk for Ecumenical and Agency Relations) and Executive Director of Presbyterian Mission Agency or Designee. The Presbyterian Mission Agency may appoint up to 4 additional ministry area directors as corresponding members with voice and no vote.

Skills & Expertise Needed: Persons wishing to be considered for the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations should possess the following: ecumenical consciousness, broad view of the church, understanding of the Presbyterian Church especially as it relates to the Book of Order section F-1.03 and ability to articulate a clear sense of the church and the quest for Christian unity. Persons who understand the religiously plural and culturally diverse time and place in which we live. Writing and other communication skills are often helpful.

Time Requirements: The General Assembly on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations will meet two times a year for a period of 2-3 days each.

Subcommittee work usually requires additional time in face-to-face or electronic meetings.

Nominated by GANC: 12 At-Large – For a four-year term.

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General Assembly Committee on Representation (GACOR)

The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. strives to embody an abundance of creation in its life, ministries, worship, and in its gatherings and governance. The committee fulfills Constitutional responsibilities “to advise the council [General Assembly and its entities] regarding the implementation of principles of unity and diversity, to advocate for diversity in leadership, and to consult with the [General Assembly] on the employment of personnel, in accordance with the principles of unity and diversity in F-1.0403.” (G-3.0103) At the national level that means to advise, advocate, consult with, as well as review, report, and make recommendations to the General Assembly and its entities on the implementation of the principles of participation and inclusiveness. Further elaboration on these functions is in the Manual of the General Assembly, the GACOR Manual and business referred to them by assembly action. The committee maintains relationships with designated constituency groups, providing analysis on the status of the PCUSA with regard to representation and inclusiveness (especially differences undergirding discrimination and inequity in church and society, namely race, ethnicity, gender, ability, and age). The GACOR reports to the General Assembly and among its tasks, reviews the participation, diversity and inclusiveness of decision-making bodies at the national level, reviews agency and entity implementation plans, recommends agency Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity (AA/EEO) and supplier diversity (SD) benchmarks and advises leaders on processes, structures and issues impacting and supporting full participation and representation. The committee reviews Synods reports on representation functions (G-3.0103). Members may be requested to represent GACOR on other bodies.

The committee employs technology, regularly using electronic means for transacting committee business (sharing, writing, and editing materials) and communications (video conferencing, website, and social media). Reliable access to the Internet, a device to read and upload materials, and a basic familiarity with electronic technologies are a must. As a working committee, every person has work they are expected to complete, timeliness and dependability are critical. GA years increase tasks and intensity. All expenses of the committee are supported by their budget.

 Skills & Expertise Desired (skills list with spectrum of experience):

  • Familiarity and expertise with parliamentary procedure and desired experience serving on a council above session (presbytery, synod, assembly)
  • Valuing Accountability Work: evaluating structures/systems for impact of actions/inactions, familiarity or frame for applying this to church
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusiveness and diversity, valuing inclusive communities, diverse perspectives and noticing who is missing
  • Church polity experience and/or familiarity with decision-making processes beyond Robert’s Rules of Order, appreciation for impact on participation
  • HR experience, familiarity with employment policies and procedures (AAEEO, supplier diversity, compensation, etc.)
  • Listening for understanding, empathy, flexibility, grace, and curiosity, willingness to ask hard questions of systems and leaders
  • Willingness to examine personal beliefs and biases for internal and community work
  • Appreciation for cultural change work and experience in translating it into resources; institutional/societal systems analysis, power and privilege work, trauma-informed approaches
  • Statistics, data examination/evaluation and interpretation
  • Public speaking, writing and web communication in English, Spanish, and/or Korean
  • Networking, nurturing relationships, relating effectively across difference, cross-cultural communication skills
  • Theological reflection and interpretation, advantage for those who can recognize the Doctrine of Discovery and its influence in contemporary church and identify structural racism
  • Video and web training and education, inclusive, just pedagogies
  • Seeing the impossible, dreaming, coloring outside the lines, sharing enthusiasm for what’s not quite yet, imagining beyond what is or has been.

Time Requirement: Meets two or three times annually (may differ in GA years), for two to four days each. Minimum annual time commitment of eight days (includes travel); subcommittees and task group work will include video conference calls; time requirement is at least 2.5 hours a month beyond time in meetings (average of 4 hours a month). Five executive committee members have additional tasks and a regular meeting. Members may be asked to represent GACOR as a liaison to other bodies in addition to subcommittee work.

Nominated by GANC: 16 At-Large, for a four-year term, distributed as equal as possible from the following regions (designated by groups of synods): Region 1: Alaska-Northwest, Pacific, Southern California & Hawaii, and Southwest. Region 2: Sun, Rocky Mountains, and Lakes and Prairies. Region 3: Mid-America, Living Waters, and Lincoln Trails. Region 4: Covenant, Trinity and Northeast. Region 5: South Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, and Boriquén (Puerto Rico). Ordinarily, no two members shall reside in the same presbytery. Representation categories for membership shall be in accordance with the principles of unity and diversity in F-1.0403, with sensitivity to having at least 3 members under 35, minimum proficiency in its membership with at least 2 languages, and at least 1 member who lives with disability or has proficiency in ability issues and concerns.

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General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission (GAPJC)

The responsibilities of the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission (GAPJC) are described in the Rules of Discipline section of the Book of Order. Members of the GAPJC shall have experience in interpreting the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Experience with the Rules of Discipline and the normal functioning of church councils is helpful. The GAPJC shall have an equal number (as nearly so as possible) of minister and elder members with one member at-large elected from each synod for a six-year term. No person shall serve on more than one permanent commission at the same time. The Moderator, Stated Clerk, or any member of the staff of the General Assembly or any of its entities shall not serve on its Permanent Judicial Commission.

Skills & Expertise Needed:

  • Experience and knowledge of polity and history of the church, including experience interpreting the Constitution within the councils of the church

  • Good writing and computer skills
  • Interest and ability to conduct extensive research
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to put in long work days
  • Ability to use electronic communications and access the Internet
  • Demonstrated willingness to work collegially and work through disagreements

Time Requirement: Ten to fifteen days away from home. Meetings usually last four days and normally are held three times each year. Advance preparation must be made for each meeting. This requires an additional eight to twelve days per year. A total of 32 days per year may be required.

Nominated by GANC: 16 At-Large – For a six-year term.

The GAPJC is seeking nominees for the Class of 2026 from the synods of

  • Alaska-Northwest
  • Boriquén
  • Covenant
  • Lakes and Prairies
  • Pacific
  • Southern California and Hawaii

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Mission Development Resources Committee (MDRC)

The Mission Development Resources Committee is an advisory committee of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. This committee makes decisions on Walton Awards for excellent New Church Developments/Worshiping Communities and Mission Program Grants (New  Worshiping Communities, Presbytery-level Transformation). The MDRC is comprised of Ten (10) elected members: Nine (9) At-Large and One (1) Presbyterian Foundation Representative. Members are eligible to serve up to two four-year terms.

Skills & Expertise Needed: Persons with extensive experience in establishing new congregations and/or new worshiping communities, leading congregational transformation, real estate, banking, legal, and an interest and commitment to evangelism and mission through church development. It is helpful if those considering service on this committee have either established a new congregation/community, or led an existing congregation through a transformation effort, or served on a presbytery mission or church development committee. There is a heavy reading workload. This is a working committee that requires a great deal of time commitment.

Time Requirement: The Mission Development Resources Committee meets face-to-face each spring and fall and will have at least four additional scheduled conference call meetings.

Members are Nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee and approved by the General Assembly.

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation is a corporate entity of the General Assembly.  It holds funds and title to property in accordance with the 1986 Deliverance of the General Assembly, its Articles of Incorporation, and its Bylaws.  In essence, A Corporation is the “business office” of the denomination.
A Corporation, through its Administrative Services Group (ASG), provides the services of Finance, Accounting, Reporting, Treasury, Legal Services, Human Resources, Internal Audit, Global Resource Services, Information Technology, Distribution Services, Mail/Print Services, Research Services, Risk Management, and Building Services.  The primary client partners of ASG are the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Office of the General Assembly.  Services are provided on a contract basis to the Investment and Loan Program, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, and Presbyterian Women.

The A Corporation Board
A Corporation is governed by a board of 11 directors, constituted as follows:

  • 3 at large
  • 1 Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns
  • 1 Racial Equity Advocacy Committee
  • 1 Committee on the Office of the General Assembly
  • 1 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation Board
  • 1 Presbyterian Church Investment and Loan Program Board
  • 1 Presbyterian Church Publishing Corporation Board
  • 1 Presbyterian Mission Agency Board
  • 1 Presbyterian Women

Terms of office are four years.

A Corporation Bylaws call for three subcommittees:  Audit, Legal and Risk Management; Nominating, Governance and Personnel; Finance, Operations and Budget.  All board members serve on at least one committee.  Task forces may be established to address a particular issue or need.

Time Requirement
A Corporation meets in person four times each year (two-day meetings), and electronically as needed.  Subcommittees may meet electronically in between full board meetings.

Skills and Expertise Needed
A broad knowledge of the PC(USA) and its structure.  Specific expertise and experience in:  enterprise level human resources administration, enterprise level information technology, enterprise level finances, legal, non-profit or not for profit business administration.  Multi-cultural individuals.

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation

The Presbyterian Foundation raises, stewards and distributes funds for mission, and has developed gifts and managed funds on behalf of congregations, mid-councils of the General Assembly and other agencies of the Church. The Foundation adheres to a faith-based, balanced approach to investing and faithfully safeguards and distributes funds according to the instructions of the donors. In all the Foundation’s work, the focus remains on the Reformed values that have guided our stewardship and investment for more than 200 years.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. The permanent complement consists of 19 Presbyterian men and women nominated by GANC and elected by the General Assembly to serve a designated term. The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly and the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency are ex officio Trustees. An elected Trustee shall be eligible to serve two full or partial terms, for up to a total of 8 years.

Board Composition: Due to the nature of the Foundation’s work, the composition of the Board must reflect expertise and experience among the following areas: Accounting, Banking/Trust, Clergy, Development, Human Resources, Legal, Investment Management, Marketing, and Investments.

Time Requirement: There are three official board meetings per year, two days each; committees may meet once or twice in between board meetings by teleconference.

Trustee Attendance: Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings. There may be a need for an occasional excused absence. However, the absence of one or two Trustees can truly hamper the board’s ability to conduct business, since only three to five Trustees are assigned to each standing committee. Trustee attendance will be monitored to maximize the effectiveness of the board.

Trustee Duties and Responsibilities: The Foundation Board is a policy making body, organized to oversee the fiduciary responsibilities of the corporation. As the fiduciary, the corporation is legally appointed and authorized to hold assets in trust, manage the assets for the benefit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), governing bodies, local churches and other related entities, and ensure their proper disbursement and use according to donors’ and investors’ intentions. Trustees’ responsibilities also include understanding the Foundation’s mission, evaluating current business opportunities and threats, and providing the Foundation’s CEO and organization with clear strategic vision.

Board responsibilities as a corporate body are to:

  • Review, evaluate and approve objectives, strategies and major policies for Foundation services, annual forecast of income and expenses, and capital expenditures.
  • Ensure compliance with the reporting requirements of the General Assembly.
  • Understand the risks and liabilities of board membership and recognize the factors involved in managing the risks and liabilities of the Foundation.
  • Assist in acquiring new gifts from Presbyterian entities and individuals by networking with the staff and other resources to refer potential donors and gifts.
  • Promote the Foundation’s services in the home synod, presbytery and the session.
  • Be willing to serve board/committees as assigned.
  • Clearly define the direction and articulate the expected quantitative and qualitative results.
  • Collaborate with senior management as they provide strategic direction to the business affairs of the Foundation.
  • Ensure the establishment of reporting mechanisms and key indicators to identify and measure organizational results.
  • Lend assistance, guidance, and support to the CEO and leadership of the Foundation.
  • Endorse and promote the Foundation's business activities.
  • Elect all officers of the Board of Trustees and the Foundation’s leadership.
  • Encourage Presbyterians' participation in Christian stewardship and investment of resources according to the social witness principles of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Standing Committees: 
The Board of Trustees possesses the full power to conduct, manage, and direct the business and affairs of the Foundation. The Board’s work is conducted through five standing committees which provide leadership, guidance, and decisions on policy and strategic initiatives. The Board’s role is not operational. Board members are to approach key areas of committee responsibility with emphasis on generative, creative, and forward thinking. This includes anticipating the future business environment and directing the Foundation through strategic plans and initiatives to enhance business opportunities and minimize potential business threats. The four committees include:

Audit & Compliance

  • Audit and fiscal responsibility
  • Legal and compliance
  • Information Systems
  • Gift Administration
  • Investments
  • Responsible for development and oversight of Investment Policy
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of outsourced CIO
  • Develop portfolio objectives and monitor the achievement of these objectives
  • Establish the policy portfolio, which is comprised of the long-term target asset/strategy allocation and acceptable ranges around the targets
  • Establish suitable benchmarks for asset/strategy composite and total portfolio performance
  • Monitor effects of the spending policy on the Fund and recommend modifications, as necessary
  • Monitor the Fund’s compliance with the SRI Principles.
  • Retain, evaluate and terminate the services of professional staff, investment consultants, a custodian bank, and legal advisors, to manage the Fund for the Foundation.
  • The Investment Committee shall review the Investment Policy Statement and make recommendations as appropriate to the Board for consideration.

Creative Engagement and Social Witness

  • Marketing direction and communications
  • Strategic guidance and prioritization of resource allocation
  • Promote full use of communications tools and technologies
  • Effectively communicate the vision

Asset Gathering

  • Funds Development
  • Partnerships
  • Strategies for asset gathering, including Project Regeneration
  • Collaborative efforts with agencies, institutions and other organization

Executive Committee (Board Officers & Committee Chairs)

  • Human Resources
  • Exercise of authority of the full board in emergencies with the exception of actions excluded in the By-laws.

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment and Loan Program, Inc

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment and Loan Program, Inc. provides the opportunity for individual Presbyterians, congregations, presbyteries and synods with financial resources to become partners with congregations in financing capital projects. The Program provides low cost loans to congregations, presbyteries, and Presbyterian entities for building or renovating physical space, purchasing a building or land, or refinancing existing debt. Whether it is a large project like a new worship space or major renovation, a smaller project like a renovated kitchen or new roof, or a church-wide initiative to improve energy efficiency or accessibility, the Program offers the right loan, with the right terms and the right mission focus.

The Program raises funds for lending by selling investments. Each investor becomes a part of the mission of building churches. Investors become more engaged in their congregations and increase their ownership of the church's mission. The Program encourages stewardship of accumulated resources.  The Program also has some denominational endowment funds available for more restrictive lending purposes.

The Board of Directors consists of 17 members: 6 At-Large members; 2 members nominated by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s Nominating Committee from the membership of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board; 2 members nominated by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation; 3 members by the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment and Loan Program; 1 nominated from among the synods of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); 1 member nominated from among the presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); and 2 ex-officio members, the Stated Clerk of our denomination and the president of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation.  The Investment and Loan Program is a nonprofit Pennsylvania corporation whose sole member is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation.

Skills & Expertise Needed: The Program seeks people with financial skills, accounting skills, governing body experience, commercial banking or commercial mortgage lending experience, legal experience, those with knowledge of commercial loan operations or marketing strategy, particularly marketing in non-profit areas.  If you are committed to seeing the church grow and would like to use your skills and experience in assisting congregations, camp and conference centers, and other PCUSA organizations, come join us.

Time Requirement: The Investment and Loan Program's Board of Directors meets three times per year, usually in Louisville. However, we commonly have one meeting in a location where we can visit a church or organization that has benefitted from our Program’s mission.  Our meetings generally begin Friday afternoons and conclude with lunch on Saturday.  Our “mission touring” meetings may start earlier, requiring Thursday travel.  Committee meetings are held during the board meeting time or by conference call when necessary. 

All nominees are presented to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board for election and confirmed by the General Assembly. Eight (8) are nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee: six (6) At-large, one (1) from the synods and one (1) from the presbyteries. Two (2) are nominated by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s Nominating Committee from among the membership of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. Two (2) are nominated by the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, three (3) by the Presbyterian Church Investment and Loan Program, Inc. Board of Directors.  All terms are for four years and begin at the conclusion of the annual meeting in March. Nominees are eligible to be elected for two terms, full or partial.

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