Training for Clerks of Session: 2018
Thanks for serving as a Clerk of Session! Below I’ve assembled some training resources that will hopefully help you orient yourself to the role. I usually provide training twice a year for Clerks, but why wait? If you’re a clerk in the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, you can see personalized forms, details and information about your particular church by logging in and visiting the user home page (top left in the menu once you log in) or your church’s profile page. General information is below:
Basic Clerk Training
The place where you might want to start is here, a “Basic Training” for clerks that covers the core responsibilities of the job:
Watch the last few minutes of the training above for extremely important context.
Advanced Clerk Training
Once you’ve gotten your feet wet, you may want to watch the “Advanced Training” workshop, which covers more of the intangibles of being clerk and the more difficult material:
Session Minutes Review
Once a year, the Presbytery is required to review the Minutes of its Churches. You’ll find links to the forms you need for this below, and training at 1:35:33 to 1:45:34 in the “Basic Training” on how to fill the forms out.
If you find that you don’t have one of the required documents, you can find guidelines for creating them below:
Sample Church Bylaws
nFOG Sample Bylaws for Churches
Sample Sexual Misconduct Policy for Church
Sample Sexual Misconduct Policy Congergation Response Guide
PCUSA Child and Youth Protection Policy Guidelines
Here are some important dates and deadlines you’ll want to keep in mind for 2017:
2018 Clerk’s Calendar for the Presbytery of Tampa Bay
Finally, if you have questions about any of this “Clerk” thing, please let me know. Blessings!