Bills & Overtures Committee has the responsibility to assist the Presbytery as it deals with bills and overtures received from other governing bodies, proposed amendments to the constitution approved by the General Assembly, and as the Presbytery wishes to introduce bills or overtures at its own initiative. They usually meet one or two times per year.
Board of Trustees/Endowment Fund Trustees holds legal title to all property of the Presbytery and manages funds accrued from the sale of property and of all funds designated for capital investment by the Presbytery. They receive all applications from churches to sell, mortgage or otherwise encumber church property, and recommend appropriate action to the Presbytery. The Board of Trustees is also responsible for managing the endowment funds of the Presbytery. They meet as needed, perhaps four to five times per year often by conference call.
Budget Committee prepares the annual Presbytery budget to submit to the Presbytery in January. It also has the responsibility to recommend the presbytery's per capita to the Presbytery in July. This committee meets approximately quarterly either by teleconference or face-to-face normally in Salina.
Authorized Lay Ministry Committee is responsible for the oversight of the Presbytery's Commissioned Ruling Elder Program and its inquirers and candidates until they are deemed "available for commissioning", at which time their care is transferred to the Committee on Ministry. They also have responsibility for the Authorized Pulpit Supply Program recruiting interested people and overseeing their instruction. Monthly meetings are split between teleconference and face-to-face meetings at a location that is convenient for the membership of the committee. Members of the committee also conduct interviews with individual candidates in various locations as needed.
Committee on Ministry serves as pastor and counselor to the teaching elders of the Presbytery and facilitates relations between congregations and their pastors, working to strengthen their relationship with the Presbytery. Responsibilities of this committee include providing a liaison to each congregation, recommending actions, and handling business relating to the churches and their pastors. This committee also oversees the Partnership Funding program and continuing education scholarships for clergy, commissioned ruling elders, and educators. They meet approximately monthly as a committee of the whole, usually in Salina on the first Tuesday of the month. Members are also assigned to one of three Area Subcommittees, each meets by teleconference usually one week prior to the Committee on Ministry meetings. Individual members may also have assignments to complete or church visits to make in between meetings.
Committee on Preparation for Ministry exercises responsibility for the spiritual growth of inquirers and candidates under the care of the presbytery, supporting them, offering guidance in regard to courses of study, and counseling with them in the area of finances, plans for education, plans for field study, etc. This committee is also responsible for overseeing the Summer Seminary Intern program. They meet annually with the inquirers and candidates under the care of the presbytery and on an as needed basis, usually no more than four times per year.
Committee on Representation has the responsibility to advise the Presbytery with regard to the membership of its committees, councils, and other units implementing the principles of participation and inclusiveness to ensure fair and effective representation in the decision-making of the presbytery. They prepare a slate of nominees whose abilities best serve the needs of and who also represent the diversity of the Presbytery. They meet annually for a face-to-face meeting prior to the October Presbytery meeting and then as needed via teleconference or conference call in order to fill vacancies on presbytery committees.
Presbytery Council provides oversight of the entire life of the Presbytery, evaluating its effectiveness and developing short and long range plans for its life and mission. It monitors the budget throughout the year and authorizes amendments to the budget as needed. It is made up of ten at-large members as well as the Presbytery moderator and vice moderator. Presbytery Council meets four times each year, usually on Thursdays in Salina and normally in conjunction with the Presbytery Meeting Preparation Committee.
Permanent Judicial Commission consists of seven members (elders and ministers) serving in three classes of six year terms. This commission meets as needed and is guided by the Rules of Discipline (Book of Order D-4.0100) as it hears and acts on judicial cases filed within the Presbytery.
Personnel and Office Administration Committee conducts annual evaluations and reviews of all compensated staff of the Presbytery. Members of this committee also assist the Transitional General Presbyter in the oversight of the Presbytery Office, hiring and supervising the Presbytery staff, updating staff job descriptions, seeing that the Presbytery is in compliance with A.A./E.E.O. policies, and ensuring that the Presbytery Personnel Policies are practiced and updated as needed. The committee usually meets on a quarterly basis in Salina.
Presbytery Meetings Preparation Committee plans for each quarterly Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Northern Kansas, which includes providing the docket and making arrangements for worship and program. They also review and evaluate each Stated meeting. The committee meets four times each year, usually on Thursdays in Salina and normally in conjunction with the Presbytery Council meetings.
Resource Center Committee in conjunction with the Resource Center Director, is responsible for maintaining, updating, and promoting the usage of the Resource Center and encouraging the use of these resources in training and education. This committee previews materials which are purchased for the Resource Center. They ordinarily meet four times each year in Salina.
Session Records Review Committee holds regional meetings on three or four Saturdays each year (not all committee members have to be at every meeting) to provide for the annual reading and review of the session records of all churches within the Presbytery of Northern Kansas. They also are available to assist clerks of session with questions about record and minute-keeping. The committee may also have an additional meeting to plan for the annual Session Record Reviews.
Sexual Misconduct Response Committee is responsible for counseling with both parties (and their families, if applicable) regarding the availability of pastoral support in cases where there are allegations of or charges filed regarding sexual misconduct of pastors, ruling elders, or other church officers. They are also available to advise parties with regard to their rights to counsel, and to advise appropriate civil officials if a criminal act has been committed. The committee meets as needed to be prepared for when they are called on and so that they can be of assistance to the pastors and congregations of the presbytery. Furthermore, this committee is responsible for revising the PNK Sexual Misconduct Policy as needed and ensuring that all required persons have signed the policy.
Stewardship and Mission Committee is responsible for stewardship awareness and education including interpretation of information about the general mission budgets of the PC(USA), Synod and the Presbytery, and for interpreting the four PC(USA) Special Offerings (One Great Hour of Sharing, the Pentecost Offering, the Peace and Global Witness Offering, and the Christmas Joy Offering) along with the Theological Education Fund. It is also responsible for overseeing the Mission Giving program of the Presbytery and recognizing congregations who are excelling &/or improving in their mission giving. This committee's responsibilities also include overseeing the Presbytery's Mission Project Grant program, other Mission programs and partnerships, and coordinating PNK Mission Trips. They meet approximately monthly normally via teleconference.
Youth Ministries Committee is responsible for providing Presbytery-wide Youth Ministry activities that promote Christian fellowship while encouraging youth to be involved in their local churches. They plan and coordinate PNK Youth Retreats. This committee oversees the outdoor ministry program of the Presbytery including representation on the Heartland Center Board, promotion and volunteer recruitment of the Heartland Center Camping Program, and planning and coordinating any Youth Trips. It is the responsibility of this committee to oversee the disbursement of funds from the Adda Walden Memorial Fund. They meet four to six times each year either face-to-face, by teleconference or by conference call.