Commission on Ministry

As the Commission on Ministry walks alongside the sessions of our churches, we aid in the following discernment and visioning opportunities:

  • Walk alongside pastoral search committees
  • Approve pastoral calls
  • Appoint temporary pastors
  • Charter New Congregations
  • Dissolve pastoral relationships
  • Dismiss Ministers of Word and Sacraments from the Presbytery
  • Open or close a pastoral position
  • Appoint Administrative Commissions to ordain and/or install
  • Approve annual changes in terms of call for Ministers of Word and Sacrament serving congregations
  • Appoint Moderators
  • Maintain an up-to-date pulpit supply list
  • Approve Member Status
  • Approve Honorable Retirement
  • Give permission for baptism & communion by Ministers of Word and Sacraments serving outside of congregations
  • Recommend relief from vacancy dues
  • Validate Ministries

Other Extensions of Ministry and Leadership Support

  • Provide 1st and 3rd Party Training and Resources
  • Assist in Conflict Resolution
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for congregations and leadership sustainability
  • Develop and teach practices and standards for pastoral transitions
  • Provide for the implementation of equal opportunity employment for ministers and candidates without regard to race, ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, or disability


915 East Gowen Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150

215.242.1400 | Fax: 215.242.1444 | [email protected]

The Presbytery of Philadelphia is a member of the Synod of the Trinity and the Presbyterian Church (USA)

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