committee on ministry
Tools for Transition
Click here for the COM manual
This document outlines the process when your pastor leaves, interim pastors, mission studies, and pastor nominating committees. Also forms for calls, sabbatical leave policy and many things COM.
Click here to download the Essential Tenets document
This 47 page document is the definition of the essential tenets adopted by the Presbytery of Santa Barbara. it is useful for officer training and also constitutes the theological guidelines of the Presbytery for those transfering their membership into to the presbytery.
Policy on transfer of pastors membership
Policy summary: read more below
It is the belief of the COM that all members of the presbytery should identify with a specific local congregation for worship and discipleship.
Clarifying Membership in the Presbytery of Santa Barbara: Membership in the Presbytery of Santa Barbara will be considered for those called to serve in the churches and validated ministries of the Presbytery of Santa Barbara. Minister members of other Presbyteries living within the bounds of Santa Barbara Presbytery, may attend Presbytery meetings and be seated as corresponding members. They should normally join in the worship life of a church of the Presbytery. Minister members of other Presbyteries living within the bounds of Santa Barbara Presbytery shall abide by the Presbytery of Santa Barbara’s “Personal and Professional Conduct Policy and Procedures” and shall not engage themselves in the leadership life of a particular church, without written invitation of the Pastor and Session and prior written approval of COM. After a period of active involvement of at least 6-months, in the life of a local church and at the recommendation of the session and pastor of the church, a person may be considered for membership. (Approved by Committee on Ministry 10/15/09)
Personal and Professional Conduct Policy and Procedures
Essential guidelines for teaching and ruling elders
These are the approved ethical guidelines of Santa Barbara Presbytery