Nathaniel Asperger, a Theological Student Advisory Delegate from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, reviews business discussed during the Mid Councils Committee session on June 20, 2022 during the General Assembly. (Photo by Randy Hobson)


Posted July 19, 2022

Beaver-Butler Presbytery’s overture On Establishing the Authority of Presbyteries to Define Severance Plans for Installed Ministers was approved Tuesday, July 4 at the 225th General Assembly (GA).

The overture sought to establish the authority of presbyteries to set severance plans for installed ministers. The rationale was that a lack of severance standards can leave installed pastors, as well as temporary ministers, vulnerable. It did not call for a national policy but sought to establish the presbytery’s position in times of transition.

The amended overture (MC-03) now reads to establish “minimum compensation standards, including provisions for dissolution terms, for pastoral calls and for those serving in temporary pastoral service, Certified Christian Educators and Certified Associate Christian Educators within the presbytery.”

The Rev. Rob Swinsburg, pastor at Westminster, Sarver and CRE Tom McMeekin, pastor at Westminster, Evan City, prepared the overture for presentation to GA. Congratulations to them for this accomplishment.

The overture will now go back to the presbyteries to be ratified. The progress of the overture was covered by General Assembly News in two articles that are linked below.

Read about the committee work…

Read about the plenary work…

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