Book of Order Excerpts

Interim Pastor Procedures – Presbyterian Book of Order

The Presbyterian Book of Order prescribes procedures for Interim Pastors. Here are key sections:

G-14.0550 Temporary Pastoral Relations

“A minister serving in a temporary pastoral relationship is called for a specified period not to exceed twelve months in length, which is renewable with the approval of the committee on ministry. A written agreement, covenant, or terms of call signed by the minister, the clerk of session or presbytery commission, and a representative of the committee on ministry shall specify the pastoral functions, compensation, and any special skills or training required for the ministry . . . .

“A minister serving in a temporary pastoral relationship other than organizing pastor is not eligible to serve that church in the next permanent or designated pastoral relationship.”

G-14.0553 Interim Pastoral Relations

“An interim pastor, interim co-pastor, or interim associate pastor is not eligible to serve that church as the next permanent or designated pastor . . . .”

The complete Presbyterian Book of Order is online at PCUSA.

Find pertinent material about interim pastors by searching for “interim pastor” or for sections G-14.0550 and G-14.0553.