The Commissioned Ruling Elder (formerly referred to as Commissioned Lay Pastor) is an extension of the rich Presbyterian heritage of educated clergy and leadership. By definition in the Book of Order: “The commissioned ruling elder is an elder of the Presbyterian Church (USA), who is granted a local commission by the presbytery to lead worship and preach the gospel, watch over the people, and provide for their nurture and service. This commission is valid only in one or more congregations, new church developments, or other validated ministries of the presbytery designated by the presbytery. Such an elder is selected by and receives training by the presbytery.
Interactive CLP Manual-approved 8/09 (382.8 KiB, 1,477 hits)
It is expected that the candidate for commissioning will have been an active member of the local church, which will be endorsing the candidate, for a period of not less than three years, and will have been on active service as an elder for at least one year previous to making application.
Enrollment Forms within the Manual can be filled out on the computer, printed out and then sent manually to the Missouri Union Presbytery office at 915-A Leslie Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65101. You may also print out the form and fill complete it with pen and then send it to the above address. The following forms will need to be submitted:
1. Application Form to CRE program
2. Session Endorsement Form
3. Pastor/Moderator Endorsement Form
4. Three Personal Reference Forms
For complete information, please refer to page 3 of the CLP (CRE) manual above.