Installed pastors include Minsters of Word and Sacrament as well as commissioned lay pastors, who are officially called Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs).Installed Pastor PDF FormInstalled Pastor docx Form
Temporary pastors can include interim and designated pastors as well as part-time pastors who do not participate in the Board of Pensions.Temporary Pastor PDF FormTemporary Pastor docx Form
What does “Call” mean?
When we say a pastor is “called” we believe that she or he is called by God to serve a particlur church or specialisted ministry, such as a College Chaplainancy or a Camp Directorship. Fun Fact: Fred Rogers of Mister Roger’s Neigerhood fame was ordained and a specialized minister of the Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA.
Annually pastors and thier sessions formally agree on their terms of service and compensation. We call this document Terms of Call and it is one of the few manditory actions that we are to complete.After churches finish their Terms of Call forms they should be sent to the MVP Mission Center for Parish Elder review.
Creating Freedom for Ministry
Historically, the purpose of Terms of Call is to provide for the financial needs of pastors so that they are free to serve in ministry.
Beyond the Forms
While Terms of Call are important to our shared ministry these documents are only part of what sessions and pastors should consider, pray over, and resource throughout the year.Sessions are encouraged to work with their pastors to develop visions for how they are called to serve their community, build strong relationships, and multiply ministries.