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Committee on Pastoral Transition

Committee on Pastoral Transition
Lisa Wilson, Chair
Carl Howard, vice-chair

Membership: Chair, Vice-Chair, Thirteen Members-at-Large

Purpose: To fulfill all Book of Order and presbytery manual responsibilities related to oversight
of and guidance to congregations, sessions, and pastors in the process of moving from one pastor/congregation relationship to another. These responsibilities include work related to dissolving pastoral relationships, working with congregations and sessions in all processes leading to the next pastoral call, and examining teaching elders for readiness and suitability to receive calls.


1. Dissolve the pastoral relationship in cases where the congregation and pastor concur,
and dismiss teaching elders to other presbyteries, with the provision that all such
actions be reported to the next stated meeting of the Presbytery. (See Appendix 1, la)

2. Make provision of a moderator for the session of churches in transition (G-3.0104 and

3. Assign liaisons for all churches seeking pastors, for those seeking additional pastors, and for all churches whose time of transition includes new models for temporary pastoral
services (G-2.0504).

4. Recommend persons for temporary pastoral relationships.

5. Review initial temporary pastoral supply contracts between churches and temporary
pastors. (Contract renewals for interim pastors will be reviewed by CPT, all others
reviewed by CRM.)

6. Facilitate and support transitional studies (such as CAT or Conversations) in vacant
churches. (See Appendix 6, 6a)

7. Assist and guide pastor nominating committees in their searches for and call of new
teaching elders. (See Appendix 7, 7a)

8. Develop, train, and supervise consultants in conducting transitional studies with
congregations in pastoral transition. (See Appendix 8)

9. Train authorized/certified ruling elders (ARE’s and CRE’s) 
* Oversight, evaluation, and commissioning of ARE’s/CRE’s

10. Compile, maintain, and make available to each church in transition a list of approved
teaching elders, inquirers or candidates, and ruling elders to serve in temporary pastoral
relationships (G-2.0504b and G-2.0606). (See Appendix 9)

11. Maintain and distribute a manual with required forms for the use of pastor nominating
committees of churches in transition. (See Appendix 10, 10a, 10b, 10c, 10d, 10e, 10f,

12. Consider any requests under the provision of G-2.0504c regarding whether a teaching
elder in a temporary pastoral relationship or an associate pastor is eligible to serve as
the next installed pastor, co-pastor, or associate pastor.   Committee on Examinations

A. Eight persons (six of whom are elected by Presbytery), three classes of two each.


 A. Conduct examinations of all Presbyterian teaching elders, and ministers from other reformed bodies that hold to a Presbyterian form of government (G-2.0505), seeking to transfer into Shenandoah Presbytery in order to receive a call to serve a congregation. 

B. Conduct examinations of all candidates for the ordered ministry of teaching elder who are seeking to receive a call in Shenandoah Presbytery (G-2.0702).  Candidates shall be examined according to G-2.0607.

C. Report to the Committee on Pastoral Transition concerning the examination. If the Committee on Examinations has concern, then the teaching elder or the candidate will be brought to the Committee on Pastoral Transition for additional examination.  The final approval of the examination can only be given by the Committee on Pastoral Transition and each teaching elder and candidate should be made aware of that fact.

D. Conduct examinations of ordained ministers of other denominations who desire to become Presbyterian teaching elders and seek to receive a call in Shenandoah Presbytery (G-2.0505) according to procedures contained in the policies and procedures of the Committee on Pastoral Transition.

E. Conduct an examination of anyone who is preaching consistently in the same church.

F. Conduct an examination of anyone from another denomination requesting to be on the Shenandoah Presbytery pulpit supply list