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BYLAWS OF THE PRESBYTERY OF THE CASCADES
Adopted By 2/3 Vote By The Presbytery of the Cascades on 19 June 2015
ARTICLE I - IDENTITY AND AUTHORITY
The Presbytery of the Cascades (“the presbytery”) is a council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
subject in all respects to the provisions of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The
Constitution, these Bylaws, and other such authorities as the presbytery may establish for itself shall govern the structure and proceedings of the presbytery. The most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall be consulted on matters of parliamentary and meeting procedures. The presbytery shall possess all inherent authority and power to fulfill its responsibilities.
ARTICLE II - MISSION STATEMENTThe mission of the Presbytery of the Cascades is to serve God by nurturing, supporting and celebrating
our common ministries. Guided by the Holy Spirit and in order to glorify God and follow Jesus Christ:
● We will encourage and support congregations to grow in their particular ministries.
● We will support and care for those in leadership.
● We will develop supportive relationships within the presbytery and with other sisters and brothers in Christ.
● We will inspire, equip and connect churches for mission and ministry.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIPSection A. Definition of the Presbytery The presbytery is a corporate expression of the Church consisting of all the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations within its bounds and the teaching elders on its rolls.
Section B. Powers of Voting Members of the Corporation The Voting Members of the presbytery shall have the right to vote in elections of the directors of the corporation to serve on the Board of Trustees and in elections of the officers of the corporation.
The Voting Members shall also have the right to vote on the removal of directors or officers of the corporation and the right to vote on any amendments of the Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws. “Voting Members” of the presbytery is defined in Article VI, Section D, of these Bylaws.
For purposes of civil law, however, the corporation does not have “members” as that term is used in Chapter 65 of the Oregon Revised Statutes.
ARTICLE IV - BOUNDARIESThe Presbytery of the Cascades encompasses an area of approximately 65,000 square miles in western and central Oregon and in sections of southern Washington and northern California following the geographical boundaries as established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) within the Synod of The Pacific.
ARTICLE V - REGIONS The Presbytery of the Cascades is to accomplish its mission, to the extent possible, in four geographic regions, i.e., the South, Central, Northeast, and Northwest areas within its boundaries.
Section A. Required or “Stated” Meetings of Presbytery Stated meetings of the presbytery shall be held three times each year at times and places to be determined by the presbytery, ordinarily within the month of March, within the months of either June or July, and within the month of November. The Required or “Stated” Meeting held in either June or July of each year shall be the annual meeting for the election of directors of the corporation to serve on the Board of Trustees. At the annual meeting the Voting Members shall also elect one of the directors to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees and also as President of the corporation.
The date and location of each stated meeting shall be announced in advance as may be required.
Page 2 of 6 The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper may be celebrated by the presbytery at any or all of its stated meetings.
Section B. Special Meetings The moderator shall call a special meeting at the request, or with the concurrence, of two teaching elders and two ruling elders, the elders being of different congregations. Should the moderator be unable to act, the stated clerk shall, under the same conditions, issue the call. If both moderator and stated clerk are unable to act, any three teaching elders and three ruling elders, the elders being of different congregations, may call a special meeting. The synod may direct the presbytery to convene a special meeting for the transaction of designated business. Notice of a special meeting shall be sent not less than ten days in advance to each teaching elder and to the session of every congregation. The notice shall set out the purpose of the meeting, and no other business than that listed in the notice shall be transacted.
Section C. Quorum The quorum for a meeting of the presbytery, whether stated or special, shall be no fewer than the number of ruling elders required to represent at least ten percent of the congregations of the presbytery, and an equal number of teaching elders of the presbytery.
Section D. Definition of Voting Members Persons eligible to vote at meetings of the presbytery shall include all teaching elders on the active roll or member-at-large roll of the presbytery, all ruling elders commissioned by the session of the congregation of their membership, all ruling elders who serve as members of Presbytery Leadership Commission or as chairs of committees listed in Article VIII of these bylaws, whether or not elected as commissioners to presbytery by the session of their congregation, all commissioned ruling elders when their commission includes having the right to vote at meetings of the presbytery and Certified Christian Educators serving in an educational ministry within the presbytery under the provisions of G-2.1103b during the term of service in an educational ministry.
Section E. Persons Eligible To Have Voice The presbytery grants the privilege of the floor to other Certified Christian Educators at all its meetings with voice only, and, in the case of Certified Christian Educators who are ruling elders, voice and vote under the provisions of G-2.1103b during the term of service in an educational ministry under the jurisdiction of the presbytery. The presbytery may act to grant voice, but not the right to vote, to presbyters in good standing in other governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or in any other Christian church who are present at any meeting and who may be seated as corresponding members
Section A. Chair of the Board of Trustees and President of the Corporation The Chair of the Board of Trustees shall be the President of the corporation and shall be elected by the voting members of the presbytery.
Section B. Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Secretary of the Corporation The Secretary of the Board of Trustees shall be the Secretary of the Corporation and shall be elected by the Board of Trustees.
Section C. Moderator The Presbytery shall annually elect a Moderator to fulfill the duties of that office as described in the Constitution and in these Bylaws. A Moderator shall serve for one year and may not succeed to the office. In the event of the inability of the Moderator to fulfill his or her term of service, the presbytery shall elect one of the Vice-Moderators to fill the unexpired term.
Section D. Vice-Moderators There shall be one regional Vice-Moderator for each geographic region. The presbytery shall elect each year, as necessary, regional Vice-Moderators to serve for a two-year term. Vice-Moderators are to perform those duties delegated by the Moderator, to fulfill the duties of the Moderator in the absence of the Moderator, to represent the presbytery at installations, ordinations and other events in the Vice-Moderator’s region, and to serve on the regional Committee on Congregational Page 3 of 6 Connections One of the Vice-Moderators, ordinarily the Vice-Moderator of the region in which a meeting of the presbytery is being held, is to preside at a meeting of the presbytery in the absence of the Moderator.
Section E. Stated Clerk The presbytery shall elect a Stated Clerk to fulfill the duties of that office as described in the Constitution and in these Bylaws. The Stated Clerk is to be elected for a term of office of five years, with reelection possible to an indefinite number of terms.
Section F. Treasurer The presbytery shall elect a Treasurer to provide oversight and management of the finances of the presbytery and ensure that accurate financial reports are regularly provided to commissions, committees, boards and the Presbytery Leadership Commission, the Board of Trustees, and the presbytery. The Treasurer is to be elected for a term of office of three years, with reelection to an indefinite number of terms possible.
ARTICLE VIII - ORGANIZATION
Section A. Structure.
The presbytery shall be structured in such ways as may be required or necessary for the accomplishment of its mission statement. The organization of the corporation shall include a Board of Trustees, which shall serve as the board of directors of the corporation (See Article IX).
Section B. Committees and Commissions The presbytery shall have the following committees and commissions to implement its mission.
Insofar as possible and unless otherwise specified, each committee shall consist of both teaching elders and members of congregations, with at least half being members of congregations and each commission shall be composed of ruling elders and teaching elders in numbers as nearly equal as possible. Also insofar as possible and unless otherwise specified, each committee and commission of the presbytery shall have an equal number of members from each region of the presbytery, with consideration to gender parity, racial ethnic, and disability representation.
1. Commission on Ministry The presbytery shall elect a Commission on Ministry (COM) for each region to serve as pastor and counselor to teaching elders, ruling elders commissioned to pastoral service, and certified Christian educators of the presbytery; to facilitate the relations between the presbytery and its congregations, teaching elders, ruling elders commissioned to pastoral service, and certified Christian educators; and to settle difficulties on behalf of the presbytery where possible and expedient. Each regional Commission on Ministry (COM) shall consist of 12 persons including the chair, all from the region, in equal numbers of teaching and ruling elders. All authority and responsibility which the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) allows to be delegated to a Commission on Ministry (COM) is granted by the presbytery to its regional Commissions on Ministry (COMs). Each regional Commission on Ministry (COM) is empowered to establish administrative commissions for the purposes of ordination or installation of teaching elders.
Each regional Commission on Ministry (COM) is to report its actions taken to the next stated meeting of presbytery.
2. Commission on Preparation for Ministry The presbytery shall elect, in accord with the Constitution, a Commission on Preparation for Ministry consisting of sixteen teaching and ruling elders, including the chair. The commission is to provide for the recruitment, nurture, care and oversight of inquirers and candidates for the ministry as provided for in the Constitution, and with the care and oversight of candidates for certification as church educators. The commission is given authority by presbytery to dismiss candidates as provided in the Constitution and is to report actions taken to the next stated meeting of presbytery.
4. Committee on Representation The presbytery shall elect seven persons including the chair to serve on the Committee on Representation to meet the requirements and fulfill the responsibilities specified in the Constitution.
5. Permanent Judicial Commission The presbytery shall elect seven persons chosen in accordance with the constitutional provisions to a Permanent Judicial Commission to perform the duties of a Permanent Judicial Commission as specified in the Constitution.
6. Personnel and Administration Committee The presbytery shall elect seven persons, including the chair to a Personnel and Administration Committee. The committee shall have responsibility for developing and implementing personnel policies, conducting performance reviews of employees of the presbytery, and dealing with personnel and administrative matters on behalf of the presbytery.
7. Committee on Congregational Connections The presbytery shall establish a Committee on Congregational Connections (COCC) for each region, to serve as a networking and resourcing group to facilitate mission in local congregations and other ministries in the presbytery. Each Committee on Congregational Connections (COCC) shall consist of one ruling elder and one teaching elder, elected to a three year term, by presbytery plus the regional Vice Moderator, who shall serve for a term of two years. The regional Committees on Congregational Connections (COCCs) may coopt other members from their region to serve on the committee for an amount of time determined by the committee. Each regional COCC will elect their own committee chair from its membership.
8. Communication and Meetings Planning Team The presbytery shall elect a chair or co-chairs of a Communication and Meetings Planning Team (CAMPT), for a term of 3 years. The elected chair will be responsible for determining the appropriate size for the team’s membership and recruiting other members to serve. The Communications and Meeting Planning Team (CAMPT) will be responsible for planning and implementing meetings of presbytery, in consultation with the moderator of presbytery, the stated clerk, the PLC, and the Worship Design Team. The Communication and Meeting Planning Team (CAMPT) will also direct and support the implementation of presbytery-wide communication strategies that support the mission of the presbytery.