Commission on Ministry

Commission on Ministry

Presbytery Staff Liaisons – Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge, General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery, and Cathy Nelson, Executive Assistant

Co-chairs of the Commission –Elder Frank Hancock (Oakmont Presbyterian Church), Rev. Tara R. Thompson (Southminster Presbyterian Church)

What We Do
Expectations of Committee Members
Forms


What We Do

The Commission on Ministry (COM) serves Pittsburgh Presbytery by visiting regularly and consulting with each minister of the Presbytery, ensuring they are successful in their calls, and reporting to the presbytery annually the type of work in which each minister is engaged.  It counsels with churches and their sessions to discuss their mission and ministry in their community, the presbytery, and to the larger church, and helps guide them in the process of finding new pastors to lead them if there is ever an opening.  The commission also serves as an instrument of the presbytery for promoting the peace and harmony of the churches, especially in regard to matters arising out of the relations between pastors and churches.


Expectations of Commission on Ministry (COM) Members

  • Understand and support the mission and strategies of Pittsburgh Presbytery.
  • Attend all COM meetings.  There are six regular meetings and sometimes a special meeting each year.  The meetings are scheduled from 4:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday evenings.  Although we often conclude early, it is important to stay for the whole meeting.
  • Participate in the work of at least one subcommittee.  The subcommittees are:  Ongoing Care, Temporary Pastoral Relations, Specialized/Honorably Retired, and Conflict Resolution.
  • Serve as liaison to at least one church in transition.
  • Serve as congregational advocate for four or five congregations within their Branch.
  • Download and read the COM Handbook.
  • Attend Liaison Training.
  • Learn and practice behavior-based interviewing (instruction included in Liaison Training).
  • Participate in COM clearances (Each COM member should plan to attend one clearance per month).
COM Forms

COM Forms

COM Forms

COM Forms

For forms that are in PDF format you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free.   They are listed alphabetically.  Contact Cathy Nelson with questions or for assistance.