Committees

Members of Committees

To find a current list of members of each committee listed below, please go to the Presbytery Directory. You will need a passcode to see the directory. If you are listed in the directory you can use your own information to create a personal passcode. If you need a passcode please check with your pastor or clerk of session or contact the Presbytery office at 910-862-8300 extension 1.

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Brief Description of Committees

African-American Ministries – 9 Members plus Co-opted members, representing AA congregations. Elected by Presbytery with suggestions from AA congregations. Purpose: To strengthen the ministries and develop unity among the African-American congregations within the Presbytery and to assist the Presbytery to become more aware of the needs and gifts of African American congregations. Meets on Saturdays in various AA churches.

Bills and Overtures – 6 members elected by Presbytery. Purpose: To ensure that the Presbytery properly dockets (or refers to a committee or workgroup) all bills and overtures received from member churches or Teaching Elders for presbytery consideration and to review and make recommendations (or referrals to committees or workgroups) regarding requests and communications to Presbytery from other PC(USA) governing bodies. Meets as necessary during Presbytery meetings if New Business is presented and occasionally to prepare to guide conversation at presbytery meetings when proposed amendments to the Constitution are sent down by GA for ratification by the presbyteries.

Committee on Ministry (COM) – 15 members in each Missional Community (3 x 15 = 45). Elected by Presbytery. Purpose: To serve as pastor and counselor to teaching elders, ruling elders commissioned to pastoral service, and certified Christian educators of the presbytery; to facilitate the relations between the presbytery and its congregations, teaching elders, ruling elders commissioned to pastoral service, and certified Christian educators; and to settle difficulties on behalf of the presbytery where possible and expedient and to provide for the training, examination and commissioning of ruling elders to particular pastoral service. (G-3.0307; 2.0903; 2.10). Meets each month for 2-3 hours (usually during the day) in locations central to each Community. Between meetings members make contacts with a set number (4-6) of congregations each. Members may also be called upon to form examination committees to interview candidates for ordination and ministers seeking to join this presbytery. Average commitment is two days per month.

Finance and Property – 6-9 members appointed by Mission Cabinet. Purpose: to exercise proper oversight over the finances and property of the Presbytery including developing an annual budget, arranging for an annual financial audit, and recommending to the Presbytery actions on financial and property issues. Meets 4-6 time per year during the day in Elizabethtown.

Hunger Action Taskforce – 3-6 members appointed by Mission Cabinet. Purpose: To encourage giving to the hunger related issues especially through the Cents-Ability Offerings and to approve grant requests for funding from these funds.

Latino-Hispanic Ministries – 9-12 members drawn from Latina Churches including pastors and lay persons with other Spanish speaking members of the Presbytery. Purpose: To support and strengthen various Latino-Hispanic congregations, missions and ministries within the Presbytery; to assign pastors to their work and guide congregations in their mission as commissioned by the Commission on Ministry; and to assist the Presbytery to become more aware of the needs and gifts of Latino-Hispanic congregations and missions. Meets: four Saturdays per year in Elizabethtown. Meetings are held in Spanish.

Mexico Partnership – 6-12 members appointed by Mission Cabinet. Purpose is to organize exchange visits between our Presbytery and the Presbytery of the Gulf of Mexico in Tabasco, Mexico and to strengthen the partnership between the two presbyteries. Meets as needed.

Mission Cabinet – 13 members (3 each from each Missional Community plus Moderator and Vice Moderator and Chair and Vice Chair of Cabinet). Purpose:  The purpose of the Mission Cabinet is to nurture the vision of the Presbytery, to foster deeper relatedness, to coordinate the work of the three Missional Communities, and to oversee the implementation of all aspects of the mission and ministry of the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina.
The Mission Cabinet is also responsible for all the functions of the Presbytery which are not part of the core mission of the three Missional Communities or assigned to one of the regular committees of the Presbytery. These include the standing committees (Executive, Personnel, and Finance and Property) as well as such work-groups as Communications, Hunger Action, Mexico Partnership, and Peacemaking.

New Church Development – 6-9 members appointed by Mission Cabinet. Purpose is to guide the presbytery in the establishment of new worshipping congregations and churches and to propose funding of efforts from the Presbytery’s New Church Development fund. Meets as needed.

Nominations – 9-12 members nominated by Presbytery moderator and elected by the Presbytery. Purpose: To identify and nominate qualified candidates to serve on various committees and work groups of 257 the Presbytery. Meets about 6 times per year on Saturdays in Elizabethtown or by Zoom meeting platform.

Peacemaking – 3-6 Members appointed by Mission Cabinet. Purpose: to keep before the Presbytery our calling to be peacemakers and to offer strategies to assist congregations, Missional Communities, and the whole Presbytery in supporting peacemaking efforts. Sponsors scholarship fund from Presbytery’s share of annual Peacemaking Offering. Meets as needed.

Permanent Judicial Commission – 7 members elected by the Presbytery. Purpose: the Permanent Judicial Commission has the responsibilities detailed in the Rules of Discipline of the Book of Order and conducts its business in strict accord with the requirements of the Rules of Discipline. Meets as needed to hear cases.

Personnel Sub Committee – 7 members appointed by Mission Cabinet. Purpose: The Personnel Committee exercises proper oversight over the staff of the Presbytery including evaluating the work of the General Presbyter/Stated Clerk, assures that evaluation of other staff members is carried out annually, maintains the Personnel Policies of the Presbytery, and provides resource and support to the General Presbytery as needed in dealing with personnel issues. Meets annually to review General Presbytery/Stated Clerk and at other times to review GP/SC’s review of other Presbytery staff members.

Preparation for Ministry (CPM) – 9-12 members elected by Presbytery. Purpose: has responsibility for care and oversight of persons from churches in the Presbytery who are preparing for ministry of Word and Sacrament and other church vocations. Meets twice a year face-to-face in Wallace. Can also meet electronically to interview inquirers/candidates or hold annual consultations with them.

Representation – 3 members elected by Presbytery. Purpose: To advise Presbytery Mission Cabinet regarding the implementation of principles of unity and diversity; to advocate for diversity in leadership; and to consult with Presbytery Mission Cabinet on the employment of personnel in accordance with the principles of unity and diversity in the Book of Order F-1.0403. Meets electronically to prepare annual report to Presbytery and Synod. Representative from committee also meets with Nominations committee.

Response Coordinating Team – 7 members elected by Presbytery. Purpose: The RCT is charged with the responsibility to assure that an objective, effective, expeditious, and caring response is made to reports of sexual misconduct. Meets occasionally for training/ orientation. Members may be tapped to work with variety of persons/groups affected by accusations of sexual misconduct.

Self Development of People (SDOP) – 6+ members appointed by Mission Cabinet. Majority must be Presbyterian and majority must be people of color or low income persons. Purpose: Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People is a ministry that affirms God’s concern for humankind.  We are Presbyterians and ecumenical partners dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling by participating in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people, seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and injustice. Meets as needed. Ideally there will be local cells in each community of the presbytery. [Being developed.]

Stewardship Development – 9 members elected by Presbytery. Purpose: To plan and oversee opportunities for mission interpretation, stewardship education, and funds development, including capital campaigns for presbytery’s mission. Meets as needed. [Being redeveloped.]

Strategic Planning & Organizational Review – 9 members elected by Presbytery. Purpose: To oversee the various aspects of Strategic Planning and Organizational Review for the Presbytery. Meets 4-6 time per year – usually on Thursday mornings in Elizabethtown.

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