Committee on Representation & 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 Representation and 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 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 Missional Ministry (CPMM), as of January, 2018, is a sub-committee of  Committee on Leadership.

The Committee on Ministers & Congregations (COMCshall 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 Committee on Nominations 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, 2018 Federal Mileage Reimbursement Rate is 54.5¢ and 27.5¢ for members of committees, commissions & units as indicated below and the full version is available here)

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.”