CON Committee on Nominations


Mandated Committees
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.”  –  John 15:16

The Committee on Nominations – RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE PRESBYTERY STRUCTURE:  The Committee on Nominations and Representation shall nominate to the Presbytery annually at the last stated meeting of a calendar year persons to fill new classes on the Presbytery Council, units, mandated committees and commissions, any necessary representative search committees for Presbytery’s professional staff, and candidates for the offices of Moderator and Vice-Moderator of the Presbytery.

See NCP Manual for further details.

The process for election of G.A. Commissioners from New Castle Presbytery established by the Committee on Nominations can be obtained by clicking here.  

The Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) shall be composed of twelve persons as equally divided between ministers and elders as possible, and organized into three classes of five each.  None shall serve more than two consecutive three-year terms, or two partial terms, aggregating more than six years.

(a)        DUTIES: The Committee on Preparation for Ministry shall assure that all the provisions of the Book of Order regarding the evaluation and nurture of persons preparing for the ministry of Word and Sacrament are observed (G-14.0300).

(b)        OFFICERS: The Committee on Preparation for Ministry shall elect from its own membership persons to serve as chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary.  Such persons shall be elected annually at the time a new class assumes office.

See NCP Manual for further details.

The Committee on Ministry (COMshall be composed of twenty-four persons, consisting of equal numbers of ministers and elders, divided into three equal classes.  None shall serve more than two consecutive three-year terms or two partial terms, aggregating more than six years (G-11.0501).

(a)        DUTIES: The Committee on Ministry’s duties as found in the Book of Order G-11.0500 and G-14.0502 shall be strictly observed.  A quorum of at least a majority of the committee’s members is required for its meetings (G-11.0501).

(b)        OFFICERS: The Committee on Ministry shall elect from its own membership persons to serve as chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary.  Such persons shall be elected annually at the time a new class assumes office.

(c)        AUTHORITY: The Committee on Ministry shall have the authority to enforce on church officers, ministers, elders and deacons in New Castle Presbytery any and all provisions of the policies of the Presbytery adopted by the Presbytery and incorporated in the appendices of THE MANUAL. Failure of any officer to submit to the authority of the Presbytery as hereby delegated to the Committee on Ministry shall be deemed to be defiance of the Presbytery under the provisions of G-6.0201 and G-11.0403 and shall ordinarily be referred to the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery under the provisions of D-10.0100.

See NCP Manual for further details.

The Permanent Judicial Commission (PJC) shall be composed of nine persons with not more than one of its elder members from any one of its constituent congregations.  Members shall be divided into three equal classes.  Terms of office shall be for six (6) years with no member, having served for a six-year term, being eligible for re-election until four years have elapsed after the six-year term (D-5.0105).

OFFICERS: The Permanent Judicial Commission shall elect from its own membership persons to serve as moderator of the commission and clerk of the commission.

See NCP Manual for further details. 

The work of the Presbytery is to be planned and implemented by these units:

The Mission Development Unit
Mission planning, funding and education, partnerships for peace and justice.

The Church Development Unit
Congregational redevelopment, new church development and continuing education of clergy and other church professionals.

The Leadership Development Unit
Educational scholarships, training for clergy and lay, and Presbytery-wide leadership events.

THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE UNITS:  The units are expected to coordinate the execution of their assigned responsibilities to prevent overlapping work, to avoid gaps between related activities, and to identify synergies from which activities may be enhanced. As committees and work groups within the units prepare their resource requirements and set their assignment priorities, each unit shall integrate priorities and help its committees and work groups obtain the required resources. To judge work priorities, each unit and its committees and work groups shall use the Vision, Mission, and Strategic Priorities established by the Presbytery and maintained by the Council.

COMPOSITION:  Each unit shall be composed of six to twelve persons elected by the Presbytery upon nomination by the Presbytery’s Committee on Nominations and Representation.  (Requirements for inclusiveness and representation shall be observed.)  Such persons shall serve in three equal classes.  No one shall serve on more than one unit or on the Presbytery Council simultaneously.  No one shall serve consecutively on a particular unit longer than two full three-year terms or one partial and one full three-year term.

OFFICERS:  Each unit shall be chaired by one of its members elected to the position by the unit annually.  Each unit shall also elect from its membership a vice-chairperson, a secretary, and a liaison to the Presbytery Council.  Minutes of all unit meetings shall be maintained and a copy sent to the New Castle Presbytery office.

MEETINGS:  Each unit shall meet at least monthly to plan, organize and evaluate its work.  The chairperson may call special meetings provided that notice is given to all members of the unit.  A quorum for a meeting of a unit shall be 50% of the unit’s members, one of which shall be either the chairperson or the vice-chairperson.

See NCP Manual for further details.  

The Speer Trust is an Administrative Commission of the New Castle Presbytery. The Speer Trust has funded over $6.5 million of programs in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of MD since 1985.  The Speer Trust Commission reviews and approves grant requests submitted to the Speer Trust for funding.

The following are the requirement to serve as a Speer Trust Commissioner:

  • Must be an ordained Elder or Minister of Word and Sacrament.
  • Attend four daytime meetings a year and
    two funding retreats which include an overnight retreat in January and a day long retreat in June.
  • Be available for site visits for both cycles (spring & fall) which requires at least four full days per year.
  • One or two additional daytime meetings may be scheduled.

Background:  The Speer Trust is a bequest from the estate of George I. And Lizzie F. Speer of Wilmington, Delaware, received by the Presbytery of New Castle in 1985 and earmarked for mission with people who are poor and oppressed. The Presbytery’s mandate for use of this gift states, “We believe that the integrity of our use of this fund will be revealed not only in the new spiritual horizons which will be opened through our helping people who are poor but also through our working together with them in a spirit of compassion.”

Where the money is used:  The Speer Trust income is apportioned for global mission with a percentage to the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic for projects outside the bounds of the New Castle presbytery. The balance (55%) is used for creative projects in Delaware and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Speer Trust website:

The Committee on Nominations has adopted a new process for selecting GA Commissioners:

The Nominating Committee will provide a slate of nominees for Commissioners and Alternates to the PC(U.S.A.) General Assembly. This slate should be posted on the Presbytery website and available to all no later than one month prior to the December meeting of Presbytery in the year before General Assembly.

The Presbytery meeting in December prior to General Assembly will include a docket item for the purpose of electing Commissioners and Alternates.

In considering the slate of Commissioners, the Nominating Committee must be cognizant of inclusivity, diversity and demographics of New Castle Presbytery.  The Committee will seek inclusivity by considering the geographic dispersion of the Presbytery, the consideration of prior commissioners from a particular church and a variety of theological constructs.  The Committee will seek to present a diverse slate of candidates to the Presbytery that reflects the breadth and depth of this Presbytery.  The demographics of the Presbytery guide the committee in presenting a slate that reflects the racial ethnic, age and gender of the body.

The Nominating Committee will be open to receive recommendations and suggestions from all congregations, committees, units and individuals in the Presbytery.

In making the final selection of nominees, the Nominating Committee must seek to reflect not just the majority position or sense of the Presbytery, but also those voices and groups that have been marginalized in prior years.  The committee must be intentional in their deliberations, prayerfully considering all candidates and attempting to serve the church with the best-qualified nominees.

The election at the December Presbytery meeting will use paper ballots. Commissioners and Alternates are elected by majority vote.


(January, 2017 Federal Mileage Reimbursement Rate is 53.5¢ and 27¢ for members of committees, commissions & units as indicated below)

Upon the recommendation of the Budget/Finance Committee of Council on November 10, 2010 and subsequently upheld at the March 11, 2015 meeting of Council, the mileage reimbursement for committees, commissions and unit members was reduced as follows:

“…the budget reduces the amount of mileage for persons attending committee meetings. The committee discussed either zero or 14¢ (the charitable rate) rather than the IRS rate of 50¢ per mile. It was decided to offer half the IRS rate. It was MSC to create an exception and pay the full IRS rate for the moderator and vice moderator and half the IRS rate for all others.”