Who, What, Where, When and Why is the Presbytery of London?
|Who||Presbytery of London is made up of all active ministers and an equal number of elders within the geographical bounds of Presbytery. There are 23 charges within the Presbytery. The meetings of Presbytery are convened by the Moderator who may be either a minister or a ruling elder. The Moderator is elected by the members of Presbytery and usually serves for a period of one year. It is a volunteer position. Ministers who are elected as Moderator continue to serve within their regular congregations.|
|What||Presbytery ensures that all churches within its bounds are under the care of a minister.
If your church is without a minister, Presbytery will appoint an interim moderator. Presbytery oversees the work of all churches within the bounds and provides support for congregations who are experiencing difficulties. Presbytery is an opportunity for congregations and ministers to work together to plan and advertise events such as a Presbytery Hymn Sing, and educational workshops. Sometimes the Presbytery has to make difficult decisions regarding the life and ministry of congregations within its bounds. While the court always seeks to hear the voice of the congregation, ultimately, the decision rests with the court in relation to matters of ministry.Presbytery dues are used to pay for an honorarium for the Clerk and Treasurer. They also pay travel expenses for those attending Presbytery meetings and for administrative costs (postage, paper, photocopying, telephone calls, etc.) and on occasion employ contract workers.Members of Presbytery other than the Clerk and Treasurer receive no remuneration for their work. It is understood in the ordination vows that ministers will participate in the work of the Presbytery.
|Where||The Presbytery of London is made up of all Presbyterian congregations within the city of London and the surrounding areas. The Presbytery stretches as far north as Ilderton and as far south as Port Stanley. Our eastern boundary is Belmont and we extend as far west as New Glasgow.|
|When||Presbytery has nine regular meetings a year, one in each month except for July, August and December. Meetings begin at 7:00pm and usually finish around 10:00pm.|
|Why||We believe that we are stronger when we work together.|