Governance is defined as the work of discerning God’s will for the future of the presbytery, making major strategic choices about how the presbytery’s ministry will be carried out, setting major annual goals, delegating authority, providing nurture and guidance, and holding itself and others accountable for the use of the authority entrusted to them.
Standing committees of the Vision Accountability Board (VAB):
Capital Assets Committee: Advises the Board regarding the stewardship and deployment of the Presbytery’s capital assets, including invested funds and real property owned directly by the Presbytery (but not including real property under the care of congregations).
Investments – The Capital Assets Committee in consultation with the Presbytery Accountant/Bookkeeper monitors, reports on and makes recommendations to the VAB regarding the stewardship and deployment of the presbytery’s invested funds and spending policy. Provides annual reports to the Finance Team, VAB and the presbytery. The Capital Assets Committee shall provide to the VAB, quarterly financial reports to show the overall financial position of the presbytery, including fund performance, real property valuations, etc.
Real Property – Advises the VAB regarding the stewardship, care and maintenance, use, insurance, security, sale of real property owned directly by the Presbytery (including Presbytery Center) (but not including real property under the care of congregations) and provides all necessary care of real property.
Permanent Judicial Commission: Three classes of three members, elected by Presbytery in for six-year terms, for the purposes defined in the Book of Order. (D-5.0000)
Credentials Committee: Reviews, evaluates and affirms credentials of Teaching Elders (G-2.0501, G-2.0502), Commissioned Ruling Elders (G-2.1002) and others in certified church service (G-2.1102) within the bounds of Newark Presbytery. Provides the covenant relationship, oversight and evaluation of Inquirers and Candidates preparing to become teaching elders and with their Sessions and congregations (G-2.0605).
Committee on Representation: Advises the Presbytery regarding its expression of the Reformed and Presbyterian principles of unity and diversity. [G-3.0103]
Nominating Committee: Nominates persons to serve in all positions requiring election by the Presbytery (G-3.0111), including the six at-large members of the Vision Accountability Board and the following officers of Presbytery who also serve on the Vision Accountability Board: Vice Moderator of Presbytery, Presbytery Moderator, and Past Moderator (moderates VAB). The Nominating Committee shall also nominate persons to serve on the following committees: the Credentials Committee, the Capital Assets Committee, and the two constitutional-required presbytery entities, the Committee on Representation and the Permanent Judicial Commission.