General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA
June 16-23, 2018
St. Louis, Missouri
The Presbytery of Lake Michigan is seeking Teaching Elders, Elders, and a Young Adult Delegate (someone who is between the ages of 17 and 23) who are interested in being elected Commissioner to attend General Assembly in St. Louis, Missouri in 2018. The Presbytery will elect Commissioners in December 5, 2017. Interested persons may apply using the link at the bottom of the page.
WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The General Assembly consists of commissioners elected by presbyteries. Half of the commissioners will be ruling elders, half will be teaching elders. Few will ever have been commissioners to the General Assembly before, but most will have served in one of the other governing bodies of our church: the session, which provides care and oversight of a local congregation; the presbytery, which provides care and oversight of a group of congregations; or the synod which provides care and oversight of several presbyteries.
It reviews the work of synods, resolves controversies in the church, is responsible for matters of common concern for the whole church, and serves as a symbol of unity for the church. The General Assembly has several specific responsibilities outlined in Chapter 3 of the Book of Order. The General Assembly presents a witness for truth and justice in our community and in the world community. It sets priorities for the church and establishes relationships with other churches or ecumenical bodies.
How does it work?
Expenses for Commissioners is reimbursed by General Assembly for travel, housing, and meals. Incidental expenses are at the expense of the delegate.
A Dependent Care Reimbursement Policy approved by the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) will make it easier for young parents and other caregivers to serve as commissioners or advisory delegates to the 223rd General Assembly (2018). Under the new policy, commissioners and advisory delegates may be reimbursed for the costs of a variety of caregiving arrangements, as long as the expenses don’t exceed $800 per dependent or $400 per additional dependent. More information can be found at: http://www.pcusa.org/news/2015/5/20/new-policy-dependent-care-seeks-broaden-ga/
The Nominating Committee of the Presbytery is accepting applications up to October 16, 2017.