Committee on Probationers
From the "Standing Rules of Trinity Presbytery"
E. Committee on Probationers: The Committee on Probationers shall consist of nine members, five of whom shall be ordained ministers. The committee is charged with the responsibility of oversight, nurture and guidance of probationers.
The Committee on Probationers shall be responsible to do the following:
- Interview all persons considering becoming candidates for the ministry prior to their appearance before the presbytery;
- Use the proper procedures (see Section 6.00 “The Authority of Presbytery over Ministers, Licentiates, and Candidates” of The Constitution of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church) for receiving candidates and guiding them in their preparation for licensure and ordination;
- Supervise each probationer’s formal educational preparation; also monitor each probationer’s personal commitment, maturity, mental health, spiritual formation, and social development; encourage psychological testing, counseling or psychotherapy, if needed;
- Ensure that the educational requirement (a degree from a college or university approved by the presbytery) is met before licensure;
- Ensure that the educational requirement (a degree from a graduate school of theology approved by the presbytery) is met before ordination;
- Recommend exceptions to the educational requirements when the probationer meets the constitutional requirement for an exception (see Section 6.202 and Section 6.34 of The Constitution of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church);
- Supervise the probationers who have been allowed by the presbytery to take the Program of Alternate Studies (PAS) as an alternate route to ordination;
- Remind the presbytery regularly that exceptions to the educational requirements should not be based on personal preference or inconvenience.