consent calendar (added april 12, 2018)
A single vote is taken on consent calendar items with no discussion. Any member may request that an item be removed; it is then discussed and action then occurs during the appropriate report. For clarity Items appear in both places.
Item 01, From the Stated Clerk -- That the minutes of the January 18, 2018 meeting be approved. (Available online.) Please submit substantive corrections directly to the Stated Clerk.
Item 02, From the Stated Clerk -- That Bellevue Presbyterian Church be granted a waiver on the limitation of terms for the office of deacon, until rescinded by the presbytery, according to G-2.0404 (see note in Clerk’s Report).
Item 02, From CPM -- That Certified Candidate Christopher James of University Presbyterian Church be transferred to John Knox Presbytery, at the request of the candidate and as approved by John Knox Presbytery, upon the vote of the University Presbyterian Church session (see G-2.0608). Background: Chris lives in Dubuque, Iowa, within the bounds of John Knox Presbytery.
STATED CLERK REPORT (added april 12, 2018)
1. [Consent Calendar 01] Resolved, That the minutes of the January 18, 2018 meeting be approved.
2. [Consent Calendar 02]That Bellevue Presbyterian Church be granted a waiver on the limitation of terms for the office of deacon, until rescinded by the presbytery, according to G-2.0404. Term limits apply only to Deacons who are organized as a “board,” which normally means they elect a moderator and a clerk, hold regular meetings, are empowered to make decisions and keep minutes and records. Individually commissioned deacons who are trained and serve in a ministry of compassion bear responsibility for this ministry in perpetuity.
3. That the Plan for Number of Ruling Elders Elected by Sessions per G-3.0301 & Bylaw Art. 2 Sec. 4 is reported. The Clerk’s recommendation is that it be postponed and referred back to the Stated Clerk until the bylaws are amended. The proposed plan, as calculated according to the recently revised bylaws, resulted in a substantial change in representation. One reason is that to arrive at a ruling/teaching elder balance, most presbyteries exclude retired ministers and members at large who do not regularly attend meetings and this was incorporated into the revised bylaws. Seattle Presbytery, however, currently has 41 members at-large on its roll which is 16% of its membership. This skews the calculations and has other important implications which should be addressed. Another is that the past plan currently in effect provides 16 commissioners, that is 11% of the total commissioners, to the two largest churches who hold 44% of the presbytery’s membership. While there have been several plans in place in the last decade, the ratio of ruling to teaching elders who have actually attended meetings has remained consistently near 50/50. Regardless, the currently bylaws will require amendment to either retain the former plan, or create a new one.
4. The annual statistical report is provided to the presbytery.
We conduct almost all of our business by voice or counted (raising hands or standing) vote. Should a commissioner wish to vote by paper ballot, they may do the following:
• prior to the call for the vote, obtain the recognition of the moderator
• move that the vote on the item under discussion be held by paper ballot
• if seconded, the moderator will call for the vote – the motion is not debatable and passes with a simple majority
The presbytery may change any action taken by a subordinate body (Board, commission or committee) in the same way it may change any previous action by the presbytery by means of the motions to "Rescind" and to "Amend Something Previously Adopted." There is no time limit. A second is required, it is debatable, a 2/3rds majority is required without previous notice; a majority is required if notice is included in the call for the meeting.
executive board report
1. Resolved, That the presbytery repeal its previously adopted action of establishing a Special Committee: Catalyzing Missional Communities as follows, by deleting the following policy enacted by the presbytery (requires a 2/3rds majority):
Rationale: The work of supporting and providing resources to new worshiping communities has been clarified over the past few years. The Presbyterian Mission Agency 1001 New Worshiping Communities Program has established guidelines for establishing and defining new communities that qualify for funding by General Assembly. The Board desires to more closely align the presbytery’s effort to begin and support new worshiping communities with the PCUSA efforts, structure and grant program. To this end, the Board believes that a better structure to meet these expectations and offer effective oversight would be to replace the existing Catalyzing Missional Communities Committee, which was formed decades ago in a different context, with a task force created by and accountable to the Executive Board consisting of a group of presbyters who are willing to engage with church planters, immigrant pastors, and new expressions of congregations.
2. Resolved, That the presbytery authorize the Executive Board to enter into an agreement with Grace Road Church to lease with the option to purchase the entire Black Diamond property (church and property) at a fair market rate.
Rationale: The EB has accepted an offer by letter of intent from Grace Road Church (worshiping at the site of the former Black Diamond Presbyterian Church) to lease the property for $2,000 a month for five (5) years, with an option to purchase to purchase the property before the third year of the lease for a price of $700,000, for $750,000 during year four of the lease, or for $800,000 during the last year of the lease, to be financed by the presbytery according to the terms of the letter.
Authorized Delegated Actions Reported to the Presbytery:
1. The Executive Board established a New Worshiping Communities Task Force with the following Mission Statement: The New Worshiping Communities Task Force is charged to recommend to the Executive Board appropriate actions in identifying and supporting New Worshiping Communities toward a defined identity within the presbytery;
That the Task Force use & recommend the resources provided by 1001 New Worshiping Communities: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/1001-2/mid-council-resources/;
That the following be designated to the task force; Dani Forbess, Moderator, Austin Ashenbrenner, and Shannon Smythe;
That the Executive Board will normally disburse matching funds to New Worshiping Community grants approved by 1001 NWC's (PCUSA).
2. Granted permission to Lake Burien Presbyterian Church to sell its manse at market rate, as recommended by the property and finance committee.
3. Approved a request from Redmond Presbyterian Church to forgive per capita apportionment of $2,560 for the years 2017 and 2018 based on the corrected reported membership statistics for the years ending December 31, 2015 and 2016.
Background: 2015 members was reported as 158 and was actually 130. 2016 was reported as 161 was actually 130.
4. Approved a ministry partnership with the Perkins Center according to the proposal and structure dated March 18, 2018.
Reported For Information:
1. The presbytery has contracted with Jitasa Group for bookkeeping services, and employed Helen Hall as Finance/Business Manager to oversee finances.
2. The 2018 Grant fund of $200,000 has been fully funded without infringing on the corpus.
3. The sale of the Bethel property closed this month. Proceeds will fund the Union investment and provide and additional $1 million for investment.
4. Awarded matching grants to Coastland Commons, New Hope Revival Church, and South Park Neighborhood Church, who received New Worshiping Community grants from the PC(USA) and provided an additional loan to South Park Neighborhood Church.
seattle first administrative commission report (UPDATED APRIL 16, 2018)
Sunday morning worship continues to be a glimpse of the kin-dom of God, with a multicultural mix of folks from the neighborhood, homeless and street folks, tourists, and Presbytery supporters! We continue to explore a participative way of preaching that allows different voices to be heard together each week.
We stepped a bit out of our comfort zone and co-sponsored a Good Friday art event with Sanctuary Church, titled “You Do Not Disappear”, exploring the theme of erasure. Various artists helped us see those whom the Church has not only often forgotten but mistreated and even hated, people whom Christ loves, and for whom Christ died and rose. It was a powerful evening of insight and repentance in the Chapel at First Presbyterian Church.
Compass at First Presbyterian (the 24-7 100 bed shelter) has experienced some changes with the resignation in January of Mark Smutny as Program Director, but continues under the able direction of Robert Taylor. A small handful of FPCS folks are facilitating a weekly bible study with shelter guests. The good news is that many shelter guests are finding their way into permanent housing. If your church would like to help support Compass at First Presbyterian there is an ongoing need for blankets and pillows.
The “Joint Venture Option” -- the deal that was signed in June 2014 by the former church leadership and approved by Presbytery to develop the church property -- has expired. While there is some relief that the property is now unencumbered, the enormous challenge still remains of what to do with a whole city block and a small church. Prayerful discernment, creative thinking, and honest conversation continues.
In early February Seattle Presbytery, FPCS, Robert Wallace, and William Longbrake filed a brief in the Washington Supreme Court that responded to the two briefs submitted by the former elders of FPCS and by the Schulzes, the former co-pastors. The respondents’ brief is posted on the Presbytery website. On April 4, the former elders and the Schulzes filed their reply briefs. The Washington Supreme Court will now decide whether to accept direct review of the King County Superior Court’s rulings or instead direct that the appeals be heard by the Washington Court of Appeals.
commission on ministry report
1. Sanctuary Church Charter [More here: Sanctuary Church] (See also delegated action re: Rev. Ed Park below):
Resolved, "That, the presbytery designate the Rev. Heidi Husted Armstrong, Rev. J.P. Kang, and Commissioned Pastor Kathy Smith to an Administrative Commission to “consider and conclude the following matters with the powers necessary to execute them according to G-3.0109:
1) Receive applications for membership from those members of Sanctuary Church wishing to unite as a congregation of the of Seattle Presbytery, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), by obtaining the signatures of those persons on an Organizing Covenant, who shall covenant together as follows: “We, the undersigned, in response to the grace of God, desire to be constituted and organized as a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), to be known as Sanctuary Church. We promise and covenant to live together in unity and to work together in ministry as disciples of Jesus Christ, bound to him and to one another as a part of the body of Christ in this place according to the principles of faith, mission, and order of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.);”
2) Oversee the process of educating applicants regarding the meaning of membership, entry, and ministry of membership according to the Book of Order, G-1.03;
3) Receive those who have covenanted together as church members according to G-1.0303;
4) With church leaders, review the Sanctuary Church organization structure expressed in the bylaws, incorporation, and various policies, ensuring that governing documents are compatible with the Constitution of the PCUSA;
5) With church leaders, develop a process of selecting or continuing current church officers, preparing them for service as elders and, if they so decide, deacons.
6) At its sole discretion, declare them an organized congregation of the presbytery. A member of this administrative commission will serve as moderator of a congregational meeting where the congregation shall then proceed to the election of ruling elders and, if they decide, deacons.
7) The presbytery, through its administrative commission, shall prepare, examine, ordain, and install these newly elected persons;
8) As the Presbytery, it shall continue to work closely with the congregation in securing pastoral leadership (with and as provided by COM), in plans for the service and witness of the congregation, in coordinating its work with other congregations, in counseling concerning incorporation and bylaws for the congregation conforming to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (see above), and in giving other forms of support and encouragement that will strengthen the mission of the congregation in the larger life of the denomination.
The presbytery moderator is empowered to designate additional members as needed.
Sanctuary Church is a congregation planted by Ed Park through the local area Southern Baptist chapter over 8 years ago. They have met regularly in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and at one time attempted to do some ministry with Capitol Hill Presbyterian. Since forming, it has become evident to them that they are not in sync theologically or culturally with the Baptists and instead feel more at home in the Presbyterian tradition. The congregation is quite diverse and trends to the young adult to mid-30’s crowd. They mainly reside in the Central Seattle - Capitol Hill - First Hill neighborhood. Ed approached the presbytery with a desire to explore possible ministry partnerships and from those conversations arose their desire to explore organizing as a PCUSA church in the Seattle Presbytery. Ed and other Sanctuary Church leaders have developed a close relationship with Rev. Heidi Husted Armstrong and Seattle First.
2. Eligibility of Rev. Kelly Hostetler to serve as an Installed Associate Pastor –(requires a 3/4ths vote per G-2.0504c.)
Resolved, That the Rev. Kelly Hostetler, currently serving in a temporary relationship with the session of Sammamish Presbyterian Church, be determined to be eligible according to G-2.0504c, to serve as the next installed Associate Pastor at Sammamish PC;
2) That the presbytery establish an associate pastor “installed pastoral relationship for an indefinite period” between the Rev. Kelly Hostetler and Sammamish Presbyterian Church, according to the following terms: Effective Salary $57,106 (cash salary and housing portions to be determined by the session), full Board of Pensions Benefits, four (4) weeks annual vacation; two (2) weeks annual study leave; annual continuing education allowance of $1,125, annual reimbursable professional expense not to exceed $2,400;
3) That the Rev. Hostetler be installed by an Administrative Commission to be designated by the Moderator.
3. Designation of an Administrative Commission to close Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
Resolved, That having received a request to dissolve Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church from its members (CHPC), the presbytery designate an administrative commission to “consider and conclude the following matters with the powers necessary to execute them according to G-3.0109:
1. Assist the CHPC session to conclude the affairs of the church, transfer the remaining members to new congregations, and plan a worship service that gives thanks to God for the ministry of the congregation;
2. Receive, and to transfer to the Stated Clerk, CHPC session records (minutes, register of membership rolls, registers of ordered ministries, baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc.), so that these records may be appropriately preserved;
3. Grant, or to authorize the Stated Clerk to grant, letters of dismissal to CHPC members whose names are still on the roll at the time that the congregation is dissolved;
4. If necessary, dissolve pastoral relationships, both temporary and installed, fully observing the due process requirements of the Constitution;
5. Safeguard all property of CHPC, which is held in trust for the use and benefit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A);
6. Take possession of all real and personal property, financial records, inventories of equipment, and all other assets, and to arrange for transfer of title to the presbytery of all accounts and real property known to be in the possession of CHPC;
7. Consult with the CHPC session regarding any requests that the congregation may have related to the disposition of equipment and memorials and other property of CHPC;
8. Approve the disposition of property or arrange for its retention (and, if appropriate, storage) for future use at the direction of the presbytery;
9. Assert the claim of the presbytery to any property of CHPC that is not known at this time as well as any property that may come to CHPC as the beneficiary of a will or trust;
10. File Articles of Dissolution with the Washington Secretary of State, thereby causing the dissolution of the CHPC corporation;
11. In consultation with the CHPC session, determine the effective date for the dissolution; and
12. Consult with the presbytery's attorney as needed.
Designated commission members (must be teach/ruling elders in numbers as equal as possible): Rev. Ken Onstot, Carl Pearson, University, Leslie Ferrell, Mercer Island. The presbytery moderator is empowered to designate additional members as needed.
Authorized Delegated Actions Reported to the Presbytery:
Williams/University – The Rev. Aaron Williams is a Baptist minister serving as a minister of Discipleship at University Presbyterian Church. He met with the Commission, who discussed his ministry, the circumstances around him being called by the church, and examined him for membership in a manner consistent with the presbytery’s practice of examining minister members on “Christian faith and views in theology, the Sacraments, and the government of this church.” The commission specifically addressed the sacrament of baptism. It approved a temporary relationship between Rev. Williams and the session, and enrolled him as a temporary member for a period of service: “a minister of another Christian Church who is serving temporarily in a validated ministry in the church,” according to G-2.0506. [More: Aaron Williams' bio.]
Grager/University – The Rev. Courtney Granger is a member of a ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians currently serving as Pastor of Equipping and Care and University Presbyterian Church who was originally a candidate under care of San Francisco Presbytery. She met with the commission, who heard a history of ministry and her current service. It examined her for presbytery membership in a manner consistent with the presbytery’s practice of examining minister members on “Christian faith and views in theology, the Sacraments, and the government of this church.” The commission approved a temporary relationship between Rev. Grager and the session, and enrolled her as a temporary member for a period of service: “a minister of another Christian Church who is serving temporarily in a validated ministry in the church,” according to G-2.0506. [More: Courtney Grager's bio.]
Park/Sanctuary – The Rev. Ed Park is a Baptist Minister and Pastor of the Sanctuary Church (see above). Both Rev. Park and the congregation seek to become members of the presbytery and the PC(USA). He met with the Commission, who discussed his ministry, the circumstances around him being called by the church, and examined him for membership in a manner consistent with the presbytery’s practice of examining minister members on “Christian faith and views in theology, the Sacraments, and the government of this church.” It was revealed in the examination that Rev. Park is already practicing ministry within the tenets of Reformed faith. While his request was to permanently transfer to the PC(USA), the commission enrolled him as a temporary member according to G-2.0506, and approved a temporary relationship as Pastor of Sanctuary Church effective upon declaration of it as an organized congregation of the presbytery. The commission will transfer him as a permanent member and install him as Pastor as soon as the requirements of G-2.0505 can be met. [More: Ed Park's bio.]
Tanis, HR – Rev. Keith Tanis: Rev. Keith Tanis, a member in good standing of Olympia Presbytery, was examined March 22, 2018 according to G-3.0306 and received as a minister member of Seattle Presbytery. [More: Keith Tanis' bio.]
Capitol Hill/Thomas – The session of Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church met on February 25, 2018 and passed a motion to request that “an Administrative Commission be appointed by Seattle Presbytery to assist and advise in the process of dissolving the congregation of Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church.” They intend to continue holding regular services through June 24, and the formal ministry on June 30, 2018.
The session has obtained the services of of the Rev. Dr. Vonna Thomas and she started in January. The Commission approved a temporary pastoral relationship according to G-2.05b.
Steel Lake – The commission approved a temporary pastoral relationship between the session and Candidate Collen Chinen to serve as Transitional Associate Pastor for Mission, beginning May 1, 2018, upon successful examination and recommendation that she be received as a member of the presbytery, according to the following terms: 20 hours per week, cash salary: $29,000, Full BOP medical & pension plan.
Magnolia/Beatty – Renewal of the temporary associate pastor relationship, as amended, between the session and Rev. Justin Beatty's for one year, through May 2019, was APPROVED.
Union/Notkins, R. – A full-time installed relationship between Union Church and Rev. Renee Notkin as Pastor according to the following terms: Effective Salary $87,500 (cash salary & housing portions to be determined by the session); full BOP benefits; 5 weeks annual vacation; 2 annual weeks study leave; Reimbursable business expenses: Study leave$1,000, Technology, $1,440; Auto $2,400. Installation is scheduled for April 15 by an Administrative Commission to be designated by the moderator.
Union/Notkins, J. – A full-time installed relationship between Union Church and Rev. James B. Notkin as Associate Pastor according to the following terms: Approved the call of Rev. James B. Notkin as full-time installed associate pastor at Union Church with the following terms: Effective Salary $87,500 (cash salary & housing portions to be determined by the session); full BOP benefits; 5 weeks annual vacation; 2 annual weeks study leave; Reimbursable business expenses: Study leave$1,000, Technology, $1,440; Auto $2,400. Installation is scheduled for April 15 by an Administrative Commission to be designated by the moderator.
Lake City/Hackett & Mabanglo – The relationship between the congregation and Rev. Sandy Hackett was dissolved effective on the date of her resignation, December 3, 2017. A temporary relationship between the session and the Rev. Dr. Jesse Mabanglo was approved beginning on January 7, 2018 through June 30, 2018.
Reported For Information:
Overlake Park Grant – A grant (to be distributed over a period of three years) for OPPC growth and redevelopment was awarded.
Trinity Grant: A grant was awarded for Trinity to participate in the discernment process with Renewal Ministries Northwest.
Seattle Community – APNC has been elected, trained and is gathering PIF’s.
Sammamish – APNC has been elected for Associate Pastor of Mission and Adult Ministries.
COM is in need of male ruling elders to achieve both teaching/ruling and male/female balance.
COMMISSION ON PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY REPORT
1. Having received evidence that Certified Candidate Colleen Chinen has fulfilled the educational requirements of the Constitution of the Church, and has a call for ministerial services as Temporary Associate Pastor at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, the Commission on Preparation for Ministry presents her for examination. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Councils shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates. Consistent with (G-3.0304) the presbytery will examine candidates on; Christian faith, views on theology, the Bible, the Sacraments and the government of this church.
Colleen Chinen, Statement of Faith:
I believe in the one true and Sovereign God. God is maker of heaven and earth and I believe in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God’s love is unending and unconditional. I believe that God calls us to be reconciled both to God and to one another and to share the love of God with all humanity through our words and actions.
I believe that God became incarnate in Jesus Christ, fully entering into the human condition. I believe that Jesus demonstrates for us the love of God for humanity in his work and life. I believe that Jesus was obedient to God and to God’s love for us when he suffered and died on the cross and has reconciled our sin and restored humanity into right relationship with God. I believe that Jesus’ life shows us the love of God and teaches us how we are to live as people of God.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, in whom God dwells with us and among us. The Spirit dwells in us to further the work of Christ in the world and is sent by God to be our Guide, our Comforter and Advocate, and to pray for us. I believe that the Holy Spirit is always with us and that we are never alone.
I believe in the authority of Holy Scripture. I believe it is God-breathed and testifies to the fidelity of God in covenant with humanity. It reveals God’s character to us and allows us to understand mercy, sin, forgiveness and true redemption in love. I believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in our study of and meditation on Scripture and draws us into deeper relationship with the Trinity. I believe that Scripture is relevant to our lives today and teaches us about God’s covenant with us here and now.
I believe that we are called to be members of the church, the One Body, through Christ. We are called to bear witness to Jesus Christ, to be faithful to God’s covenant and to work for mercy and justice in the world. I believe we are called to advocate for the marginalized and to proclaim God’s love and grace that is freely given for all humanity.
I believe we testify to these truths when we participate in the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is a sign and seal of God’s gracious action and our grateful response. We affirm that we belong to God and we are created with intention. In receiving the Lord’s Supper, we remember Christ’s death and resurrection, that we are a body of believers with the living Christ and look forward with hope to his return. At the table of Christ, the Spirit draws us into Christ’s presence and we are given grace while we offer our thanksgiving to God who sends us out into the world to serve God and neighbor.
I believe that we are a broken humanity but we have not been abandoned. Through Father, Son and Holy Spirit, God claims us, redeems us, restores us and freely blesses us with unmerited grace.
Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again.
Colleen Chinen, Bio:
Colleen was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in both Los Angeles, CA and Anchorage, AK with many long summers spent in Kona, HI with her grandparents who had a coffee farm. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!!!) and a M.Div. from the School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University.
Her ministry and her passion are based on Jesus’ commandment to love God and to love neighbor and she feels called to serve the aging community, their caregivers and families.
She and her husband Steven live in Tacoma, WA. They have two children who are attending college. Colleen favorite place to be is at Disneyland. She loves coffee and it does not surprise anyone that she is usually seen with a Starbucks in her hand! She also likes to travel, watch UO Duck football and eat chips and salsa.
Clerk’s note: It is the presbytery moderator’s duty (not CPM) to rule a question out of order if he or she believes it is outside the bounds of the exam. Any member may rise and immediately appeal a ruling by the moderator. A second is required. Debate ensues. No member may speak to the appeal more than once, except for the moderator, who may respond with additional reasons for the ruling. A majority or a tie sustains the moderator’s decision.
Item 02 On the Consent Docket -- That Certified Candidate Christopher James of University Presbyterian Church be transferred to John Knox Presbytery, at the request of the candidate and as approved by John Knox Presbytery, upon the vote of the University Presbyterian Church session (see G-2.0608). Background: Chris lives in Dubuque, Iowa, within the bounds of John Knox Presbytery.
Authorized Delegated Actions Reported to the Presbytery:
1. Annual Consultation was held on February 6, 2018 with Colleen Chinen, Steel lake PC, and she was certified as ready to receive a call.
2. Received Susanna Hoke, University PC, as an inquirer on February 6, 2018.
3. Annual Consultation was held on January 9, 2018 with Lauryn Schrock, Bellevue PC, and she was approved to continue as an inquirer.
4. Annual Consultation was held on April 3, 2018 with Jared Chase, Madrona Grace PC, and he was approved to continue as an inquirer.
5. Removed from the roll of inquirers, on April 3, 2018, Duane Mullen, of University PC.
Background: Duane has been under care of Seattle Presbytery CPM since 2011. He graduated from University of Dubuque Theological Seminary but has not taken any further steps toward candidacy.
Reported For Information:
1. Approved updated CPM protocols, which were revised to align with the presbytery’s current bylaws. The information is posted online at seattlepresbytery.org/cpm.