This committee is charged with serving as pastor and counselor to the ministers and Certified Christian Educators of the presbytery, to facilitate the relations between congregations, ministers, Certified Christian Educators, the presbytery, and to settle difficulties on behalf of presbytery when possible and expedient.
The Committee on Ministry is responsible for the health of ministry in the presbytery, attending to the well-being of congregations and their faithfulness in responding to God’s call to them as well as the nurture, support and professional development of church professionals, including ministers of the Word and Sacrament, Commissioned Lay Pastors, and, in some presbyteries, Certified Christian Educators.
To better meet the needs of the Presbytery of San Francisco, our Committee on Ministry is divided into two sub-committees: one overseeing the East Bay and one overseeing the West Bay (San Francisco and the Peninsula). Being structured in such a way helps us to respond more quickly to the needs of ministers and congregations in our Presbytery.
Our major responsibilities (as outlined in the Book of Order) are:
- to visit regularly and consult with each minister in the presbytery,
- to make recommendations to presbytery regarding calls for the services of its ministers,
- to visit with each session of the presbytery at least once every three years,
- to counsel with churches and their Pastor Nominating Committees regarding calls for permanent pastoral relations,
- to counsel with churches regarding other pastoral relationships that might be necessary or appropriate (such as interim, stated supply, Commissioned Lay Pastor, or designated pastor),
- to evaluate calls issued by churches, approve and present calls, approve examination of ministers transferring from other presbyteries, dissolve pastoral relationships in certain situations, grant permission to labor within or outside the bounds of presbytery, and dismiss ministers to other presbyteries, and
- to counsel with sessions regarding difficulties in congregations.