Clerks of Session for Presbytery of Tampa Bay Google Group

If you’re a clerk of session in the presbytery and haven’t already, please ask to join the Presbytery Clerks’ Google Group here:!forum/ptb-clerks-of-session

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.  Information specific to the Presbytery of Tampa Bay is in the videos below.  If you’re interested in additional training, the Presbytery of Hudson River also has great training videos for clerks of session.

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
For a list of “Property Option” churches, please contact the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery.

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

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.  This year’s Review Forms:

2018 Review of 2017 Minutes Form
2018 Review of 2017 Minutes Form – Large Print

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

Video Training on creating “Bates Numbering” in Adobe Acrobat

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 2019:
2019 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!