The Presbytery Council provides oversight and coordination of the work of the presbytery within the stated mission of the presbytery, envisions future directions for mission, and sets the agenda for presbytery meetings. Members represent clergy and laity, and the geographical areas of the presbytery.
Bills and Overtures
The Bills and Overtures Committee has two responsibilities: 1. To review and make recommendations about proposed amendments to the Book of Order or the Book of Confessions sent by the General Assembly to presbyteries for vote; and 2. To review possible overtures which the Presbytery could vote to send to a General Assembly.
The CLPC has oversight of and is responsible for instruction of Certified Lay Preachers and Commissioned Lay Pastors, It meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Presbytery office at noon, about 6 times a year.
The Committee on Ministry serves as pastor and counselor to the ministers and church professionals of the presbytery; facilitates the relations between congregations and church professionals, including formation and dissolution of calls; validates non-parish ministries; confers status as honorably retired; and settles difficulties in congregations on behalf of presbytery when possible and expedient.
The Committee on Preparation for Ministry serves those who seek to be ordained as Ministers of the Word and Sacrament, entering on behalf of the presbytery into covenant relationships with them. It works with them through their continuing spiritual formation, seminary studies, field training experiences, written ordination examinations, and presentation to the Presbytery for oral examination. The relationship is divided into two phases: inquiry and candidacy.
The Committee on Representation serves in two ways: 1. An advocate for the representation on presbytery committees of racial ethnic members, women, different age groups, and persons with disabilities; and 2. A continuing resource to the particular governing body in these areas. The committee on representation shall review the performance of its own governing body in these matters and shall report annually to it and to the next higher governing body
The Congregational Nurture Committee supports, resources, nurtures and celebrates the programmatic ministries and leadership development of the churches in the presbytery. This includes the Presbytery Resource Center and ministries with youth or older adults.
The Justice for Women Committee helps the Presbytery and its congregations focus on issues that have particular importance to and significant impact on women, such as domestic violence and human slave trade.
The Division of Mission Partnerships is an active resource to assist churches to participate in the total mission of Jesus Christ. This includes providing information, support, and encouragement about opportunities for mission throughout our presbytery, our nation, and the world. Mission Partnerships is organized into three sub-committees.
World Mission Partnerships interprets and participates in Christ’s Mission in the U.S. and throughout the world (Pahk 2, Thailand, Ethiopia, Czech Republic, Sudan, Egypt and other places) through prayer, information, financial support and mission trips.
Presbyterian Campus Ministry seeks to promote the life of the mind in service to God through working with various Presbyterian constituents of higher education within the bounds of the Presbytery.
Self-Development of People works to identify grassroots groups with the Presbytery who need encouragement grants for projects that provide occupations and service. Funds come from a portion of the One Great Hour of Sharing.
The Nominating Committee is responsible for nominating and presenting for election candidates for Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Stated Clerk and Treasurer; members of Council and the Board of Trustees, the chairs and members the Committees on Ministry, Preparation for Ministry, Representation, Staff Services, Bills and Overtures, Certified Lay Professionals, and Review of Session Records; the members of the Permanent Judicial Commission; chairs of all other standing committees; and commissioners to Synod and General Assembly.
The Peacemaking and Justice Committee advocates to the Presbytery and its congregations opportunities and ways in which Presbyterians may faithfully live out the biblical mandate to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” A major current focus is ministry to families of military personnel and veterans.
Permanent Judicial Commission (PJC)
Judicial process is the means by which church discipline is implemented within the context of pastoral care and oversight. It is the exercise of authority by the governing bodies of the church for the prevention and correction of irregularities and delinquencies by governing bodies (remedial cases) or the prevention and correction of offenses by persons (disciplinary cases). The presbytery, when necessary, conducts trials and hearings through the Permanent Judicial Commission.
The Trustees of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley are charged with managing the budget. The Council creates the budget, but the Trustees manage it. The Trustees also work with Congregations needing to borrow funds for building projects, land purchases, and sale of property.
The Review of Session Records Committee fulfills the Book of Order responsibility of the Presbytery to annually review session records to determine whether the proceedings have been correctly recorded, have been regular and in accordance with the Constitution, have been prudent and equitable, have been faithful to the mission of the whole church, and have obeyed the lawful injunctions of a higher governing body.
The Staff Services Committee acts as an advocate for, a counselor to, and an arbiter among all Presbytery staff members.
The Transformation and New Church Development Committee assists the Presbytery and congregations seeking transformation with programmatic resources, skills workshops, coaching, and, as appropriate and when funds are available, grants for innovative transformational ministry. It also supports worshiping fellowships in transition to new church developments.
The Presbytery Worship Committee is a committee of the Presbytery Council charged with providing worship experiences for the Presbytery at its stated meetings and on other occasions.