Candidates and Credentials

  • Chair:  Michael Novak
  • Duties and Responsibilities
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee assists vacant churches in securing supply preaching and interim supply.
    • Churches desiring to call a minister may seek the committee’s counsel.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee presents to Presbytery:  transferring ministers, candidates for ordination, and licentiates seeking admission to South Texas Presbytery.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee reviews all calls examining them as to whether they are in order before presenting them to Presbytery.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee instructs churches that a minister must be examined and approved by Presbytery before he can move on the field.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee transfers a minister’s credentials only at a meeting of presbytery.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee hears and makes recommendations to Presbytery concerning Teaching Elders who report changes in their views related to Ordination Vow #2 (BCO 21-5)
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee oversees the candidates’ course of study and practical training.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee has the oversight of all candidates for the Gospel ministry under the care of Presbytery still pursuing courses of preparation, keeping in touch with their progress and spiritual growth by annual reports from them.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee receives and considers all applications from persons seeking to become candidates for the Gospel ministry.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee recommends candidates eligible for a loan from funds administered by the Presbytery, or a seminary, when funds administered by the seminary required such recommendation and approval by the Presbytery.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee assists candidates and licentiates of the Presbytery in securing summer employment within the bounds of the Presbytery.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee shall provide guidance to sessions on the process of bringing a candidate under care of the session and Presbytery.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee shall, upon application of the candidate, give a certificate of dismission to another presbytery.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee prepares and conducts a preliminary examination of those seeking licensure, ordination, and ministers seeking admission from another Presbytery or denomination according to the requirements of the Book of Church Order.
    • All candidate sermons shall be heard by the Candidates and Credentials Committee on behalf of the Presbytery and shall report their recommendation to the Presbytery.
    • All intern programs must receive approval from the Candidates and Credentials Committee.
    • All interns and mentors must receive approval from the Candidates and Credentials Committee.
    • The Candidates and Credentials Committee receives reports from interns and mentors.
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