Presbytery Meetings

The August 12th Presbytery Meeting will be held at John Knox Center at 10am and we are making it a FAMILY DAY!

After the PET meeting there will be lunch and John Knox Center will have the water front open for kayaking , canoeing, and swimming, three are nature walks, lots of fellowshipping, a pop-up John Knox store, information about the native people that lived on the land long before John Knox and 865 Axe Throwing will be onsite with their mobile axe throwing range for FREE axe throwing!

We will have child care for children 12 and under. When registering yourself as a commissioner or visitor for meeting please make sure to register the guests you plan to bring with you. 

Lunch Menu:
Pulled pork BBQ, baked beans, potato salad, slaw, lemonade & brownies

If you do not register yourself or your guest(s) for lunch prior to August 7th at noon you will not be able to take part in lunch at John Knox that day. Lunch orders will close at 12:01pm on August 7th.

Please note, there will NOT be a Zoom or virtual option for this meeting.


2023 Presbytery Meetings

August Meeting
7/21 Packet Reports Due
8/12 PET Meeting, John Knox Center

November Meeting
10/24 Packet Reports Due
11/14 PET Meeting, Korean Pres, Chattanooga

In the unfortunate event of rain/thunderstorms the meeting will be switched to Zoom and you will receive a Zoom link via email the evening before. Everyone will be notified Friday, August 11th around 1pm. 

Who Attends Presbytery Meetings?

The presbytery is the council serving as a corporate expression of the church within a certain district and is composed of all the congregations and ministers of the Word and Sacrament within that district. The presbytery shall adopt and communicate to the sessions a plan for determining how many ruling elders each session should elect as commissioners to presbytery, with a goal of numerical parity of ministers of the Word and Sacrament and ruling elders. (G-3.0301).

How Many Elders?

The Presbytery’s formula for determining how many elder commissioners attend from each congregation is based on the size of the congregation.

  • Membership of 1001 to 1500 members = 3 commissioners.
  • Membership of 201 to 1000 members = 2 commissioners.
  • Membership of 1 to 201 members = 1 commissioner.
  • Additionally, elders serving on the Coordinating Committee not serving as church commissioners, Commissioned Lay Pastors, and a representative from the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery all are given a voice and vote at each meeting.

Who Can Vote?

All elder commissioners, those additional elders noted above, and all minister members of the Presbytery have privilege of voice and vote. Ministers serving within the Presbytery, but whose membership is in a different presbytery are recognized as Corresponding Members and have privilege of voice, but not vote.

A Very Brief Guide To Parliamentary Procedure

The presbytery is responsible for the government of the church throughout its district, and for assisting and supporting the witness of congregations to the sovereign activity of God in the world, so that all congregations become communities of faith, hope, love, and witness. As it leads and guides the witness of its congregations, the presbytery shall keep before it the marks of the Church (F-1.0302), the notes by which Presbyterian and Reformed communities have identified themselves through history (F-1.0303) and the six Great Ends of the Church (F-1.0304) (G-3.0301).