Seeking Commissioners and Delegate

GA Introduces New Format

General Assembly Nomination Task Force encourages you to consider serving as a Minister or Ruling Elder Commissioner or Young Adult Advisory Delegate for the 225th General Assembly of the PC(USA). This coming General Assembly (GA) will be unlike any other. It is currently planned as a hybrid meeting with both in-person and online components. The opening of the Assembly will take place online on Saturday, June 18, and committees will spend time in Louisville on a rotating basis sometime between June 17 and July 3. The plenary sessions of the Assembly will then be held online from July 5-9. 

You can read more about the assembly and you can view the proposed calendar. Despite the challenges and changes of meeting in this hybrid format, serving as a Commissioner or Advisory Delegate to GA is a fantastic way to serve beyond the local church and to gain some perspective on what God is doing further and wider than the bounds of our Presbytery.

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Access the calendar…

The Work of Commissioners and Advisory Delegates

It is inspiring to be a part of historic decisions of the church, especially when we think that the Spirit has moved in the right direction; and even in those places where there might be disagreement with the actions of the Assembly, it is good to hear the reasoning from “the other side” in an effort to gain more understanding about where we may differ. General Assembly was a wonderful reminder that the PC(USA) is more diverse than we are as a Presbytery, and it is evidence that God is moving in new and different ways all around the country and the world, which is inspiring and encouraging. 

Each Commissioner and Advisory Delegate is assigned to a committee, where they will have voice and vote in the committee. Committees are randomly assigned and vary in responsibility as Assembly Business is delegated. The committee work will be done in person in Louisville. Members of each committee are expected to become familiar with the business before their committee prior to the assembly, and all information is available online at PCbiz. Currently the site contains the business that was before the previous Assemblies.

Access PCbiz…

Following the committee work, the Commissioners and Advisory Delegates participate in the Plenary Sessions. This is considered “the floor of GA” where the Assembly acts on the recommendations of each committee. Commissioners have voice and vote; Advisory Delegates have voice only and are polled for their opinion before the official vote is taken. This GA’s plenary sessions will be held virtually.

See committee schedule…

Representation by Beaver-Butler Presbytery

The number of commissioners each Presbytery is able to send is determined by the membership rolls of the Presbytery. Beaver-Butler is eligible to send one Minister Commissioner, one Elder Commissioner, and one Young Adult Advisory Delegate who must be between at least 17 years of age and not older than 23 years of age on June 18, 2021. We will also be selecting alternates to serve in the event that one of the elected commissioners cannot participate. 

Process for Nomination

If you are feeling called to apply, please express your interest by emailing the Presbytery Office (office@beaverbutler.org). Interest should be expressed by Tuesday, August 31, 2021 and applications will be due by Thursday, September 30, 2021. The Nomination Task Force will then review the applications and contact the interested parties for interviews as needed, or to inform Commissioners and Advisory Delegates of their nomination. The Presbytery will approve the slate of candidates at the November 16, 2021 meeting.

Download the Procedure for Nominating and Electing Guidelines and Application…

Please prayerfully consider whether God is calling you or someone from your church to serve as Commissioner or Advisory Delegate to the 225th General Assembly. If you have any concerns about understanding the process, or about the use of technology for the plenary sessions, any members of the Task Force will be glad to chat in depth about what our experiences have been, and we will also be willing to work with you regarding the prospective technological items so that you can be completely comfortable with the hybrid format – to the extent of supplying you with a tried and tested system during the plenary sessions as well as standing by for technical support.

 

The Rev. Judy Angleberger, Elder Allen Kitchen, and The Rev. Dena Roy serve on the General Assembly Nomination Task Force.