Presbytery of Highlands beginning organizational structure documents, policies and guidelines

The Presbytery of the Highlands Transitional Manual of Operations to be voted on March 16

As we move into becoming a new presbytery, we need basic and mandated documents, policies, and bylaws to assist us in our organizational structure.

The Technical Team made up of elders and pastors from the previous presbyteries have been meeting and compiling, from all four presbyteries, the needed documents for our beginning development as a community.  The Manual of Operations is not necessarily on printed handbook of all the documents but instead a collection of the structural pieces for the operation of the presbytery.

At our first meeting of the Presbytery of the Highlands, The Synod Commission for NJ Missional Structures will be calling the presbytery into order and we will approve the transitional documents. Following the first meeting we will continue to add to the Manual of Operations.

Over this next year the Transitional Team will engage the presbytery in a discernment process to determine where God is calling us in mission and ministry as a new community. Following that process we will then review our Manual of Operations and adapted, change or whatever is needed, the documents to match our vision and mission.

We know that ZOOM meetings format sometimes makes it hard to ask a question or to get the moderators attention. In order that all questions and comments about the documents are heard and answered, we are asking that you please review the documents before the presbytery meeting on March 16 and use the comments and Question box below to ask a question, make a comment or point out a needed edit such as wrong name, grammatical or spelling errors.

All questions will be answered at the presbytery meeting. Any errors will be corrected prior to the meeting.  Please keep coming back to this page to check for new material. We are still learning from the Synod Administrative Commission what needs to be presented.

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03/04/21
The Presbytery of Highlands transitional Bylaws March 2021
The Presbytery of Highlands Transitional Bylaws

03/04/21
Child and Youth Protection Policy of The Presbytery of Highlands March 2021
The Child and Youth Protection Policy of the Presbytery of the Highlands of New Jersey March 2021

03/03/21
Sexual Misconduct Policy – Highlands Presbytery
Revised and review Sexual Misconduct Policy Highlands Presbytery

03/03/21
Electronic Meetings of the Presbytery of The Highlands
Electronic Meetings Policy

03/03/21
Personnel Policy and Practices – Highlands Presbytery
Presbytery Policies and Practices Highlands Presbytery

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Info

03/16/21
Presbytery Administration and Coordinating Team

03/14/21
Ecclesiastical Officers Position description
Presbytery Officer Position Descriptions

03/04/21
The Nominating Committee of PHNJ
The Nominating Committee Description

03/04/21
Church Development Team – PHNJ
Church Development Team - Presbytery of the Highlands of NJ

03/04/21
Property and Insurance Team Description of the Presbytery of the Highlands of NJ
Property and Insurance Team Position of Highlands Presbytery of NJ

03/03/21
Purpose of the Committee on Ministry – Highlands Presbytery
Committee description and Commission of the Committee on Ministry

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03/04/21
Capital Construction Loan Policy – PHNJ
Capital Construction Loan Policy - Highlands Presbytery

03/04/21
Emergency Loan Policy – Presbytery of the Highlands of NJ
Emergency Loan Policy of the Highlands Presbytery of NJ

03/04/21
Historic Grant Policy of Highlands Presbytery of NJ
Historic Grant Policy of Highlands Presbytery NJ

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03/10/21
Criminal Background Check Policy
Criminal Background Check Policy for the Presbytery of the Highlands of New Jersey

03/03/21
Commissioned Ruling Elder Policy – Highlands Presbytery
Policy for Commissioned Ruling Elders

03/03/21
Ethical Standards for Ministers – Highlands Presbytery
Ethical Standards for all ministers of Highlands Presbytery

03/03/21
Ethical Standards for Ordained Officers – Highlands Presbytery
Ethical Standards for Ordained Officers of Highlands Presbytery