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The Clerk’s Corner


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Donna E. Wells, Stated Clerk
(404) 898-0711 x123 (Office)
(770) 330-7838 (Mobile)


Clerk's Annual Report

Click here to fill out the Clerk's Annual Questionnaire. We really appreciate you taking the time to fill out the information.

News from General Assembly

How the General Assembly Voted on Overtures submitted by our presbytery. Click here.

General Assembly highlights. Click here.

The News coverage of GA.

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

Day Six

Day Seven

Day Eight

2018 GA initiative:  An Imperative for the Reformation of the Presbyterian Church USA in Being a Transformative Church in This Intercultural Era - download

So you are a NEW Clerk? Here's What you Need to Know

Click here to download the Handbook for Clerks of Session.

I have been conducting workshops regarding significant changes in the Form of Government that congregations need to be aware of and address in order to avoid conflicts in the future. I ran across this article, "Brush Up Your Bylaws," by Earl S. Johnson Jr. in the March 19, 2012 issue of The Presbyterian Outlook that I thought was a helpful condensing of the needed changes.

I am also including a "doctored" version of sample by-laws from the General Assembly office. Hope this helps as you move forward with this task.

New Clerk Training

Click here to view information on new clerk training and to register.

Annual Statistical Review Information

Packets for Annual Statistical Reports were mailed on January 2, 2019.  Packets include the following:

  1. How to get into the website to submit your statistics

  2. Asking for the elders who passed away in 2018 so we may lift them up in prayer at our May 4 meeting

  3. A schedule for dates to have year 2018 minutes reviewed and the review sheet to use

  4. Insurance information for churches

  5. Paperwork to submit Terms of call for installed pastors

If you have questions, or have not received the information, please contact Donna Wells dwells@atlpcusa.org.

Session Minutes Review Help

Blank Session Minute Review Form

Preparing for you Session Review

Information about Full Financial Reviews courtesy of St. Andrews:

Financial Review Process

Financial Review Guide

Denominational News

Attention Pastors and Congregational Leaders! 
 
What's happening at General Assembly this year? When GA 223 meets in St. Louis June 16-23, the General Assembly Newsroom will publish the GA Newspaper every day. A team of crackerjack reporters will fan out through the committees and events, to bring all the news right to your inbox. Subscription is easy and FREE!

As congregational leaders, you are the "front line" responders to help your people understand what the Assembly ACTUALLY did, and the whole scope of news.  What we hear repeatedly is that pastors who can’t be at the Assembly are frequently asked questions about GA that they are not prepared to answer – by subscribing to the daily paper, they will be well-equipped to respond when parishioners (and others) ask.  

Here’s the deal: click on the link OR the graphic. Either take you to the sign-up page to receive the GA NEWS delivered free to your inbox each morning of the Assembly. What you will receive is a pdf of the actual newspaper printed each day at the Assembly.
https://ga-pcusa.org/#Anchor-EmailSignup

For any questions, be in touch with Jerry Van Marter, General Assembly Newsroom director: jerry.vanmarter@pcusa.org 

Links of Interest:

The newly Revised 11th edition of Roberts Rules of Order is now out in stores! Some significant changes particularly as related to electronic meetings are contained.  I am presently waiting on a "summary" of changes that clerks need to be aware of, coming from GA and will post that as soon as I get it. 

Download the Book of Confessions: www.pcusa.org/oga/publications/boc.pdf

Download the Presbyterian Seal: www.pcusa.org/oga/seal.htm

Preserve Your Records

The PC(U.S.A.) wants to ensure that the rich history of our denomination and her churches, is preserved.  If you have records that are older than 10-15 years, why don't you contact the Archives housed at Columbia Theological Seminary for their preservation and storage.   For more information, contact the archivist Bridget Jeffs at jeffsb@ctsnet.edu call her at 404-687-4628.  She would love to help you with next steps in preserving your church's rich heritage.

For more information on records preservation, please check out the PCUSA Historical website page:  www.history.pcusa.org/cong/.