The Presbyterian Church in Westfield is blessed with many volunteers and contributors who make up the many teams and organizations that make the Church operate efficiently. As extensions of the Pastoral and office staff, these Boards, Commissions and Committees help support the day-to-day operations of our church-life.

 

Session

The Session is made up of the pastor, associate pastors and the 15 elders in active service. The Elders are divided into three classes of 5 each. The full administrative responsibility for the congregation, both spiritual and corporate, is vested in the Session. Our active elders also serve as Trustees for business of the corporation, under the laws of the State of New Jersey. The specific responsibilities of the Session are listed in the Book of Order. Our Session has organized itself into the Commissions listed below.

Meet the Session Members HERE.

Overview of Commissions

Christian Education Commission

The Christian Education Commission is responsible for developing and implementing the Sunday School program for all children, infant through 5th grade, and for recruiting staff for the program; organizing intergenerational programs for families (baptism celebration, communion workshop, stations of the cross); developing learning opportunities during non-traditional times such as mid-week (COW); developing and implementing mission projects/programs for children and their families in conjunction with other commissions. The commission proposes budget related items to Stewardship and maintains budget and expenses relative to commission activities.

Communications & Marketing Commission

The Communications & Marketing Commission is responsible for dissemination of information to the Congregation and to the Westfield-area community. The commission provides editorial oversight for the Spire, the church website, Social Media  and Internet advertising, eMail announcements, bulletin boards and press releases. It coordinates internal publicity including signage and announcements and works with other commissions to publicize activities. The commission proposes budget related items to Stewardship and maintains budget and expenses relative to commission activities.

Fellowship Commission

The Fellowship Commission provides for the logistics of church fellowship events like the JOY luncheons, Advent and Lenten Soup & Bread lunches, as well as other special or one-time events. It sponsors and supports the church softball team. It coordinates with other commissions for special events. The commission proposes budget related items to Stewardship and maintains budget and expenses relative to commission activities.

Mission Commission

The Mission Commission is charged with interpreting the mission of Christ’s church, locally, nationally, and internationally, to the congregation and encouraging congregational support and personal involvement. It develops and recommends the annual mission budget including participation in General Assembly, Synod of the Northeast and Presbytery of Elizabeth funding. The commission allocates funds to various mission groups from their budget and reports those allocations to the session. The commission also works to foster partnerships with mission workers in the field. The commission proposes budget related items to Stewardship and maintains budget and expenses relative to commission activities.

Office and Property Commission

The O&P Commission is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the physical plant by means of specifically directed sub-committees. It is also responsible for the receipt and distribution of all funds, assistance with legal, contractual and insurance matters and verifying or making purchase decisions. The sub-committees are: Cemetery, Kitchen, Energy, Design/decorating, Landscaping and Safety, Health and Security (SHS). The commission develops office related policies, as needed, and is responsible for maintaining the church archives. The commission proposes budget related items to Stewardship and maintains budget and expenses relative to commission activities.

Outreach and Welcome Commission

The Outreach and Welcome Commission is responsible for welcoming visitors (visitor bags, welcome brochures, friendship pads in the pews) and for visitor follow-up. The commission plans for, and working with the staff, implements new member classes. New member breakfasts or lunches are offered periodically throughout the year. The commission works to involve members in the life of the congregation. The commission proposes budget related items to Stewardship and maintains budget and expenses relative to commission activities.

Personnel Commission

The Personnel Commission provides oversight and support for all staff members, handles all personnel matters and serves as the liaison between session and the congregations and the staff. The commission recommends appropriate job descriptions and staffing to accomplish the goals of the church. It interviews and recommends persons to fill vacancies in lay and non-ordained professional staff. It oversees job performance of all staff and reviews and recommends salary adjustments annually. It reviews and recommends changes in employee benefits and serves in an advisory capacity to the pastor in his/her role as head of staff. The commission proposes budget related items to Stewardship and maintains budget and expenses relative to commission activities.

Stewardship Commission

The Stewardship Commission is responsible for oversight of all finances of the church. It is charged with educating, encouraging and providing for the growing commitment of every member to support the ministries and programs of the church through an annual pledge of their monetary resources, as well as their time and abilities. The commission develops and recommends the annual income and expense budget and approves all requests for fundraising. It administers all church scholarships. The sub-committees of the commission are: Investment Committee, Planned Giving Committee, Annual Pledge Campaign and the Van Dellen Scholarship Committee.

Worship Commission

The Worship Commission provides oversight for the worship and music life of the congregation. It is responsible for all logistics of worship (ushering, greeters, etc.) It approves all baptisms and weddings and provides for communion. A sub-committee coordinates flowers for various services. It recommends fees for weddings and funerals. It is responsible for the written materials in the pew racks. The Music sub-committee maintains the music library and identifies instrument maintenance needs. The commission proposes budget related items to Stewardship and maintains budget and expenses relative to commission activities.

Youth Commission

The Youth Commission provides Christian ministry to Middle School (6th – 8th grade) and High School (9th – 12th grade) youth through leadership, motivation and program. It provides for Confirmation and Sunday School classes and for mission opportunities. It has oversight of the Agape Community Kitchen ministry. The commission proposes budget related items to Stewardship and maintains budget and expenses relative to commission activities.

 

Overview of Committees

Congregational Nominating Committee

The CNC is a committee of the congregation. It is responsible for identifying and nominating candidates for church officers (Elders and Deacons), at-large members of the CNC and church auditors.

Pastoral Nominating Committee

When a church is without a pastor, or after the effective date of the dissolution of the pastoral relationship, the congregation shall, with the guidance and permission of the Committee on Ministry, proceed to elect a pastor in the following manner. The session shall call a congregational meeting to elect a nominating committee, which shall be representative of the whole congregation. The committee’s duty shall be to nominate a minister to the congregation for election as pastor. Public notice of the time, place, and purpose of the meeting shall be given at least ten days in advance, which shall include two successive Sundays.