G-2.10   Commissioning Ruling Elders to Particular Pastoral Service
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Amend Rejected (2014, 73, 366, Item 06-08): Rejected allowing pby to elect and ordain ruling elders for the purpose of commissioning them to serve as CREs.
GA (2006, 38, 40, 438, Item 05-24): The decision to allow a CLP (now CRE) from another pby to labor within the bounds of a pby is determined by the pby in which such ministry occurs.
GA (1998, 165, 16.0199, Req. 98-4): There is no provision for laypersons commissioned for pastoral ministry by other denominations to administer the sacraments, perform weddings, or moderate session.
GA (1997, 182, 21.0221, 1996 Ref.): No amendment needed to allow a CLP to serve as a supply preacher (Referral: 1996, 60, Floor Motion).
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G-2.1001    Functions
When the presbytery, in consultation with the session or other responsible committee, determines that its strategy for mission requires it, the presbytery may authorize a ruling elder to be commissioned to limited pastoral service as assigned by the presbytery. A ruling elder so designated may be commissioned to serve in a validated ministry of the presbytery. Presbytery, in its commission, may authorize the ruling elder to moderate the session of the congregation to which he or she is commissioned, to administer the Sacraments, and to officiate at marriages where permitted by state law. This commission shall also specify the term of service, which shall not exceed three years but shall be renewable. The presbytery shall review the commission at least annually.
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GA (2014, 27, 75, 389, Item 06-13): “A ruling elder commissioned for limited pastoral service is not authorized to perform any pastoral service outside of the commission by the pby, unless the pby gives its permission for any specific service. If the request is for pastoral service within the bounds of another pby, the commissioning pby must also agree to the request.”
GA (2008, 42, 386, Item 05-15): Temporary Pastoral Relations do not change the practice of allowing a commissioned lay pastor, a candidate or inquirer under care, or an elder to serve a congregation as a temporary supply pastor. Therefore, persons in such positions are still permitted to serve a congregation as a temporary supply pastor.
GA (1997, 181, 21.0197, Req. 97-4): If CLP is moderator of session, he or she may lead a service of ordination and installation of elders and deacons.
Previous FoG:
Amend (1996, 117, 33.104): CLP must be an elder; expanded other possible CLP functions.
Amend (1984, 43, 70, 55.009): Added commissioned lay preacher to BOO; can be granted local commission to "lead worship and preach the gospel."
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G-2.1002    Training, Examination and Commissioning
A ruling elder who seeks to serve under the terms of G-2.1001 shall receive such preparation and instruction as determined by the presbytery to be appropriate to the particular commission. The ruling elder shall be examined by the presbytery as to personal faith, motives for seeking the commission, and the areas of instruction determined by presbytery. A ruling elder who has been commissioned and later ceases to serve in the specified ministry may continue to be listed as available to serve, but is not authorized to perform the functions specified in G-2.1001 until commissioned again to a congregation or ministry by the presbytery.
G-2.1003    Commissioning Service
When the presbytery is satisfied with the qualifications of a ruling elder to serve a congregation providing the services described above, it shall commission the ruling elder to pastoral service as designated by the presbytery, employing the questions contained in W-4.4000.
G-2.1004    Supervision
The ruling elder commissioned under the terms of G-2.1001 shall work under the supervision of the presbytery. The presbytery may at any time withdraw the commission for reasons it deems good and sufficient. A minister of the Word and Sacrament shall be assigned as a mentor and supervisor.