November 21st Presbytery Meeting Highlights-Jamesburg


Report of the Stated Clerk

The following recommendation was made for the 2016 Distribution of Ruling Elder Commissioners that would take effect with the first presbytery meeting of 2016:

  1. Each congregation will elect one ruling elder commissioner.
  2. In addition, the following congregations will elect one additional ruling elder commissioner, for a total of two: Bayville, Bordentown, Brick, Cranbury, East Brunswick, Freehold, Forked River, Hightstown, Jamesburg, Lakehurst, Middletown, Neptune, Point Pleasant, Retreat, Rumson, Sayreville, Shrewsbury, Yardville
  1. The following congregations will elect two additional ruling elder commissioners, for a total of three: Allentown, Manasquan, Red Bank
  1. The Presbyterian Church of Toms River will elect seven additional ruling elder commissioners, for a total of eight.

It was moved and carried to approve this recommendation.

Emergency Preparedness Talk

Marv Goodman of the American Red Cross Community Partner Services program gave a talk on emergency preparedness for congregations, particularly the opportunity for congregations to form Emergency Evacuation Shelter Teams to help staff Red Cross shelters in times of natural disaster.

Contact info:  732-309-2022  [email protected] 

Mission Experience Talk

Liz Heinzel-Nelson of the Allentown Presbyterian Church spoke of her experience as a mission volunteer in Malawi.

(Mission Displays were available in Fellowship Hall)

Ruling Elder Sue Smith of the Rumson Presbyterian Church spoke about the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Joining Hands program, telling of a recent trip she took to Peru with a group that included General Assembly Moderator Heath Rada. The emphasis was on issues of environmental stewardship and economic development.

Report of Budget Working Group

It  was  moved  and  carried  to  recommend  to  the  Presbytery  that  the  Presbytery’s share of the per capita apportionment for 2016 be increased by 65 cents, to $24.88. This means that the total (including the Synod apportionment of $4.00 and the General Assembly apportionment of $7.12) is $36.00 per member.

Ruling Elder Nancy Tindall gave a report on the progress of the budget-building process to date.

It was moved and carried to carry forward the 2015 spending levels into 2016, until the next Presbytery meeting. The Budget Team anticipates presenting the 2016 budget at that time.

Report of the Committee on Ministry

Ruling Elder Thad Livingston reported that both the Committee on Ministry and the Committee on Preparation for Ministry have approved a Policy on Student/Clergy Indebtedness and Seminary Debt Relief Assistance.  It was moved and carried to approve the policy:  Indebtedness Debt Relief Policy

Mr. Livingston moved, in accordance with G-3.0303c, that the Presbytery establish the following minimum compensation standards (pro-rated for part-time positions) for pastoral calls within the Presbytery, based on Position and Adjusted Congregational Receipts (ACR).

ACR                    PASTORS       ASSOCIATE PASTORS
UNDER $59,999              $41,700
$60,000 – $69,999           $43,600
$70,000 – $79,999           $45,500
$80,000 – $89,999           $47,300
$90,000 – $99,999           $49,200                  $41,700
$100,000 – $119,999       $51,100                  $43,300
$120,000 – $139,999       $53,700                  $44,800
$140,000 – $159,999       $56,300                  $46,600
$160,000 – $199,999       $58,900                  $48,500

Study Leave minimum of 2 weeks (14 days, including Sundays) for both full and part-time positions and may accumulate over 3 years.

Study Leave / Professional Expense minimum $1,000 and may accumulate over 3 years. May be pro-rated for part-time positions.

Automobile Reimbursement minimum $1,500. May be pro-rated for part-time positions.

Automobile Reimbursement and Study Leave / Professional Expense may be combined for a minimum $2,500. May be pro-rated for part-time positions.

Vacation 4 weeks, includes 5 Sundays, minimum.

Early Ministries Institute (EMI), when appropriate, to be paid by the church.

It was moved and carried to approve the minimum compensation standards.

Report of the Nominating Committee

It was moved and carried to elect the following commissioners and alternates to the General Assembly, and commissioner to the Synod of the Northeast Mission and Ministries Commission:


Ruling Elder Julissa Alvarez-Garcia – Cliffwood Beach,  Primera Iglesia Hispana Principe de Paz

Ruling Elder Walter Vincent – Hightstown, First Presbyterian Church

Teaching Elder Meredith Mueller – Presbytery’s Director of Advocacy, Long Term Recovery

Teaching Elder John Monroe – Rumson, First Presbyterian Church

Alternate Commissioners:

Ruling Elder Nancy Tindall – Allentown Presbyterian Church

Ruling Elder John Pillarella – Middletown, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Teaching Elder Dana Eglinton – Jacksonville Presbyterian Church

Young Adult Advisory Delegate:

Crystal Garcia – Cliffwood Beach,  Primera Iglesia Hispana Principe de Paz

Alternate Young Adult Advisory Delegate:

Elizabeth Luthringer – Bayville, Morning Star Presbyterian Church

Synod Mission and Ministries Commission:

Ruling Elder Charlotte Alderfer – Presbyterian Church of Toms River – Class of 2018, first term


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