WHAT IS A CLP?
A Commissioned Lay Pastor is an elder of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to whom The Book of Order grants, "a local commission by the presbytery to lead worship and preach the gospel, watch over the people, and provide for their nurture and service."
WHO OVERSEES THE CLP PROGRAM?
The CLP Committee. The task of this committee is to provide and oversee the training of CLP candidates and to certify each candidate's readiness to be commissioned by the Committee on Ministry (COM). That commission may be for full-time or part-time work, salaried or volunteer.
Throughout the training period, candidates receive the support of their home church and pastor as well as an advocate from the CLP committee, their peers in the program, the monthly seminar faculty and the Committee as a whole. After successfully completing the coursework and demonstrating their proficiency and readiness for the tasks ahead, candidates are commended to the Committee on Ministry for commissioning. Throughout the period of any commission, the Commissioned Lay Pastor candidate is under the supervison of the Presbytery and an assigned minister of Word and Sacrament.
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