REGIONAL PRESBYTER’S REPORT
The staff and council are beginning to question whether we need a physical space for the Presbytery office or could it be done virtually.
The budget that we have and how we raise our funds is not sustainable in the long run. A task force composed of the Regional Presbyter, Elder Howard Dunbar (presbytery accountant), Rev. Jason Tucker and Rev. Jean Pinto has been working on alternative ways to fund the presbytery which will continue to be worked on with the goal of transforming our process of funding for 2015.
MISSION WORKING GROUP
Rev. Terry Chapman reported that the Mission Working Group is looking at ways that we can make connections to all the mission, advocacy, and social justice opportunities available. Not just information but (spiritual) transformation.
The group is working on two overtures that they will present in January.
COMMITTEE ON PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY
On behalf of the committee, the Rev. Meredith Mueller made the motion that Candidate Bailey Ann Pruner be examined for ordination. Following questions, a motion was approved to arrest the examination.
It was moved and carried that Bailey Ann Pruner be approved for ordination and that Philadelphia Presbytery be asked to ordain her on our behalf. The Rev. Tori Pruner led the presbytery in prayer of thanksgiving for Bailey’s life and call.
COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY
Ruling Elder Dan Raisch, chair of the Committee on Ministry, reported the following:
The Committee discussed Overture 002 – 221st G.A. (2014) from Kiskiminetas
Presbytery. A motion that Monmouth Presbytery concur with Kiskiminetas in supporting the overture was defeated.
The Committee moved that Presbytery approve the formation of an administrative commission to conduct the ordination of Ms. Bailey Pruner at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River at 4:00pm on January 5, 2014.
ADMINISTRATION DIVISION STEERING COMMITTEE
The Treasurer, Elder Nancy Tindall gave a preview of the 2014 budget, which is based on a $35.20 per capita.
MT. HOLLY ADMINISTRATIVE COMMISSION REPORT
Ruling Elder Bill Faust reported as follows:
With very mixed feelings of accomplishment for the team and sadness at the loss of vital contributors to Monmouth Presbytery, I can report that this (tasks to be completed) has been done, with the Church being dismissed on November 1, 2013.