The CRE program is an expansion of the church’s mission in a changing world. The ministry of Commissioned Pastors brings a marvelous richness to a congregation’s ministry and to the Presbytery’s mission. Commissioned Pastors are partners in mission as we seek to bring the good news of Christ to an ever-changing culture.
Although many CREs serve as part time pastors of small churches, there are other roles to which a person might be commissioned such as a parish associate or a member of a ministry team.
The program consists of core courses, practice of ministry courses and a nine month supervised field education experience, alternative clinical experience, communication and training on ethics and healthy boundaries.
It is the responsibility of the CRE to contact his/her mentor/supervisor to set up meetings. Monthly contact is encouraged for students and quarterly contact is encouraged for Commissioned Ruling Elders.
Certified Ruling Elder Policy (CRE) Adopted April 17, 2007, amended March 23, 2017,and updated November 8, 2017
CRE Field Education Guidelines Approved March 23, 2017/Revised June 7, 2018, February 2019
Certified Ruling Elder Course Guidelines Adopted March 23, 2017 (Amended January 10, 2019).
CRE - Annual Report; Supervisor/Mentor Annual Report, and Session's Annual Report Forms
CRE Guidelines for Liaisons - Approved February 28, 2019