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Commission on Ministry
Teaching and Ruling Elders Only

Chairperson:

Rev. Ruth Ann Christopher


Meetings:

Monthly, First Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm


Duties:

COM is organized in four ministry teams (subcommittees) to fulfill the responsibility of
serving as pastor, counselor, and advisor to the teaching elders, commissioned ruling elders,
and congregations of the Presbytery. The subcommittees are Administration (credentials and
compensation); Transitions (pastoral changes); Conflict (disagreements within churches); and
Congregational Resourcing (helping churches become more vital). Each COM member is part of
one of these teams. Members of COM are also called upon to:

 

  • Serve as a presbytery liaison to Pastor Nominating Committees in churches seeking to

  • call a teaching elder or commissioned ruling elder

  • Build and maintain relationships with teaching elder members and commissioned ruling

  • elders of the presbytery

  • Serve on intervention/support teams with church sessions as needed

  • Offer support for church sessions


Skills:

Wisdom; humility; compassion and concern for each pastor, session, and congregation;
critical impartial thinking; appreciation for the diversity within/among church cultures; listening
and interfacing well with people.


Willingness:

to spend time beyond monthly meetings to faithfully complete tasks and
responsibilities; maintain confidentiality and avoid any conflict of interest while serving on

COM; become familiar with the Book of Order and Lehigh Presbytery policies, processes, and
procedures.

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