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:

Basic Clerk Training Replay

Basic Clerk Training Powerpoint
Basic Clerk Training PDF
Sample Session Minutes
List of “Property Option” churches.

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:

Advanced Clerk Training Replay

Advanced Clerk Training Powerpoint
Advanced Clerk Training PDF

Annual Statistical Report Video Walkthrough

Blank Annual Statistical Report
2017 Annual Statistical Report Workbook

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.

Video Training on the Forms (it will skip ahead to the right time)

Video Training on creating “Bates Numbering” in Adobe Acrobat

2017 Review of 2016 Minutes Form
2017 Review of 2016 Minutes Form – Large Print

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!