The Vision Team

Vision Team and Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery Moderator
Ruling Elder Michelle Smith
Email Team: vision_team@glpby.org

The Vision Team has 11 members and is made up of the moderator from each of the four ministry teams, a representative from the Committee on Representation/Nominations, and the following officers/staff:  Moderator, Past Moderator, Vice Moderator, Stated Clerk, Treasurer and the Presbytery Leader.  The moderator of the Presbytery acts as the moderator of the Vision Team.  The Vision Team will operate like the Leadership team of the Presbytery.

Each team works collaboratively across their areas to generate and be accountable for goals toward developing overall dynamic leadership in our Presbytery.  Goals and milestones that they establish will be reviewed at Vision Team meetings providing a measurable system for focus, effectiveness and accountability.  Each team leader is free to create their own “sub-teams” to handle the workload of their responsibilities.

The Adminstration and Support Team

Administration and Support Team Moderator
Teaching Elder, Rev. Dr. Mark Thomas
Email Team: admin_moderator@glpby.org

This team has a moderator and five leaders. They will be responsible for financial, property, personnel, communications and policy/procedure manuals development.  The five assignments for the five leaders of this team represent the areas of Presbytery ministry that they oversee as part of this team.  Each leader is free to create their own sub-teams to handle the workload of their responsibilities.

The Administration and Support Team sub-teams are:  Financial; Property; Personnel; Communications; Policy and Procedures.

The Congregational Vibrancy Team

Congregational Vibrancy Team Moderator
Ruling Elder Lorenzo Clayton                                                           

Email Team: cvt_moderator@glpby.org

This team has a moderator and four leaders. They will be responsible for overseeing the work of church liaisons, developing stewardship and missional communities in our churches, ministering to congregations in crisis, and caring for leaders through transitions.  The four leaders represent areas of Presbytery ministry that they oversee as part of this team.  Each may create their own Sub-teams to handle the workload of their responsibilities.

The Congregational Vibrancy Team sub-teams are:   Church Liaisons; Stewardship and Missional Development; Congregational Crisis; Pastoral Transitions and Care – which is the only sub-team on this Ministry Team that is elected by the Presbytery.

The Dynamic Leaders Team

Dynamic Leaders Moderator
Commissioned Ruling Elder, Pastor John Rawlings

Email Team: dlt_moderator@glpby.org

This team has a moderator and five leaders.  They are responsible for overseeing the camp, conferences and retreats, preparing new ministry leaders, training existing leaders, establishing supportive cohort groups and investing in the development of leaders through education and youth-focused efforts.

The Dynamic Leaders sub-teams are:  Camp, Conferences and Retreat; Leadership Training; Cohort Groups; Education and Youth; Preparation for Ministry Commission – which is the only sub-team on this Ministry Team that is elected by the Presbytery.

The Mission and Outreach Team

Mission and Outreach Team Moderator
Ruling Elder Barbara Bowyer
Email Team: mission_moderator@glpby.org

This team has a moderator, six leaders and a representative from Presbyterian Women.  They are responsible for overseeing efforts to dismantle racism and privilege, connecting us to national and international missions, developing our ecumenical and interfaith relations, empowering our social witness, equipping our churches to address hunger issues in our communities, creating/developing new worshipping communities and coordination with Presbyterian Women.

The Mission and Outreach sub-teams are:  Dismantling Racism and Privilege; National and International Missions; Ecumenical and Interfaith; Social Witness; Hunger Action; Presbyterian Women; New Worshiping Communities Commission – which is the only sub-team on this Ministry Team that is elected by the Presbytery.

Committee on Representation/Nomination

Committee on Representation/Nomination Moderator
Commissioned Ruling Elder Rob Cardwell
Email Team: nominations@glpby.org

This team, that is fully elected by the Presbytery, ensures that the new design approved and adopted in February 2016, has freedom for each elected Teaching or Ruling Elder convener to assemble their own sub-team as they see fit for the responsibilities of their position.  The sub-teams of each convener, moderator, or commission can be made of anyone identified as having particular gifts and creativity toward a given task. In encouraging all Presbyterians to become involved in service to the larger church body, CoR/N welcomes youth, Deacons, or simply members with a heart to serve to become involved in this exciting new mission driven leadership design.

There is a review by CoR/N, of each ministry sub-team, to ensure diversity is adhered to, as much as each team is able.