Commissioned Ruling Elders
Chairs: Ken Ribe and Robert Bollar
A commissioned ruling elder (CRE) works in a focus area for a particular congregation for a specified time. The CRE can also serve on the PTCA Pulpit Supply list as a person who can fill a pulpit when a pastor is away.
The Presbytery’s Commissioned Ruling Elder Committee works with the Committee on Ministry and the Church Development Team to determine if CRE leadership is appropriate for a congregation’s ministry needs. Commissioned Ruling Elders help empower congregational renewal and can provide leadership for growing racial ethnic groups.
The General Assembly rewrote the guidelines for Certified Lay Preachers to create the CRE’s position, which includes more than preaching: such as performing the sacraments, marriages, and moderating the session. It may include working is a focused area within a particular congregation or verified ministry outside the church. The PC (U.S.A.) has online resources about CREs and Why and When to use a CRE.
Is there a need for the Commissioned Ruling Elder?
Yes! The Commissioned Ruling Elder Position Reflects the Mission of a Presbytery. “When a presbytery, in consultation with the session or other responsible committee, determines that its strategy for minion in a local church requires it, and after additional instruction deemed necessary by the presbytery has been provided, a presbytery may authorize a commissioned lay pastor…” Book of Order G-14.0800
Commissioned Ruling Elder help empower congregational renewal, provide leadership and bring the Good News to ever changing and growing multi-cultural groups.
What is the role of the Commissioned Ruling Elder Committee?
- Assist local congregations and validated ministries to determine if CRE leadership is appropriate for ministry needs.
- Guide individuals through the process of becoming a CRE.
- Provide on-going support/evaluation to CRE’s as they serve their call.
Is there help for congregations and verified ministries discerning the appropriate need and use of a CRE?
Yes. Contact the Commissioned Ruling Elder Committee Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the process and what are the requirements for becoming a Commissioned Ruling Elder?
See CRE Links: