Pulpit Supply Minister: a person called to be a pastoral preaching presence to a Congregation without a serving pastor
a) to provide short term pastoral support to the on-going ministry of the Congregation
b) to provide short term pastoral support to the Congregation in embodying the Six Great Ends of the Church
c) to provide a pastoral presence for Sanctuary worship
d) to respond as a pastoral communicator in support of the relationships in the Presbytery, envisioned as carrying out the mission of the church under the Word.
Guest Preacher: a visitor charged to deliver a message to a Congregation and its Pastoral Leadership as a support to the established ministry relationships and vision of that particular church.
- All Pulpit Supply Ministers are subject to the appropriate directives of the current Book of Order
- It shall be understood by all parties to the Pulpit Supply List that the invitation to serve as a Pulpit Supply Minister is not a “back door” means of establishing a Temporary Supply relationship between the preacher and a congregation
- Pulpit Supply Ministers may serve up to four (4) successive Sundays in a congregation after which, the Session must seek another Pulpit Supply Minister or consider a pastoral contract; after a two-week hiatus period has occurred, a former Pulpit Supply Minister can be invited back to the congregation, however, it is prudent to invite a Pulpit Supply Minister for one Sunday before issuing an invitation for multiple Sundays; this ensures that the Pulpit Supply Minister is a good match for your congregation and avoids future awkward situations
- It shall be the responsibility of the Session to make particular arrangements for preaching and to satisfy itself as to the “fit” between the preacher and the congregation
- The Committee on Ministry strongly recommends that the Session provide a minimum $125 honorarium to ordained clergy, elders, commissioned pastors, and seminary students, in addition to reimbursement for meal and travel expenses; churches are urged to pay more than the minimum, as they are financially able; the expectation that a check will be given to the supply pastor on the date served
- The Committee on Ministry will review all names on the Presbytery’s Pulpit Supply List annually
- All ministers on the current Pulpit Supply List meet the necessary education requirements