Beginning January 1, 2000, consistent with the Denver Presbytery Bylaws, the Council shall be constituted as follows:
One Class: 3 elders and 2 ministers
One Class: 2 elders and 3 ministers
Presbytery Moderator, Presbytery Vice-Moderator
Presbytery Pastor (vacant-Council Moderator)
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS (without vote):
Presbytery Past Moderator
Olivia Hudson Smith, Stated Clerk
John Anderson, Immediate Past Presbytery Moderator
Sue Pilcher, Presbytery Treasurer
Amy Mendez, Pastor for Church Development and Multiracial Ministries
Beth Carlisle, Communications & Administrative Manager
Chairperson: Wanda Beauman
This Work Group is responsible for planning all Presbytery Assemblies. They do the following:
Recommend to Council plans and requests for pre-assembly events
Oversee, arrange for, and/or delegate services of worship
Evaluate assemblies and make recommendations for any needed changes
Provide support and resources for moderator
Coordinate with other Work Groups of Council as required for their contributions to the docket
Finance & Property
This Work Group is responsible for the over-all fiscal health of the Presbytery.
Develops and presents to Council an annual budget
Provides long-term budget forecasts
Coordinates Presbytery and congregational participation in real estate transactions
Oversees insurance and risk management matters
Oversees the maintaining of records related to Presbytery guarantor functions
With the Stated Clerk, oversees maintaining of property, title, legal and corporate records
Develops, implements and keeps current Presbytery financial policy
Chairperson: Nancy Dixon (720-939-5069)
This work group is responsible for leadership development in the Presbytery. This includes:
Developing events for teaching elders, both active and retired, ruling elders and deacons to learn of new ways to lead and serve
Providing opportunities for deacons and ruling elders to learn about their responsibilities
Facilitating ways for presbytery members to share their talents and skills in leadership
Working with other presbytery committees to prepare leaders who differ by culture, ethnicity, and age
Presenting and promoting the effective use of social media and other new technologies
Recruiting well known speakers and church leaders to present at leadership events
Seeking funding sources outside of the presbytery budget to help fund leadership events
Cooperating with other presbyteries to meet mutual needs for leadership training and share fellowship opportunities
Cultivation & Innovation (formerly Long Term Initiatives)
Together, we seek to be a space where innovative, collaborative, and formative ministries are incubated. One of our goals is to work with ministers and leaders in the presbytery to envision and experiment with new models of ministry and community partnerships. This includes, but is not limited to, providing meaningful support for our New Worshipping Community and New Church Development leaders and ministers.
We believe collaboration creates good ministers and good ministries, and seek to provide resources and foster spaces where ideas can be shared. Our work is to encourage and create the conditions for ministers and leaders in the presbytery to build places of mutual support, encouragement, collaboration, and innovation.
Finally, we understand the need to invest in the development of pastors and session. We will also focus on support, training, and formation opportunities, looking to our sessions and ministry leaders to guide and develop meaningful spaces for the Spirit to move and be made known.
Mission & Ministry
This Work Group supports the Presbytery’s cooperative mission and ministry groups. Such groups include Covenant Communities, Mission Partnerships, and Task Forces (“mission groups”). Among other responsibilities, the Work Group guides each mission group’s formation, renewal, and funding process. Its recommendations are sent to the Presbytery Council for approval. The Work Group also provides a Presbytery liaison to each mission group to offer assistance in the process of grant applications, renewals, coordination of schedules through the Presbytery Office, promotion of events of the mission group to the Presbytery’s congregations, and other input to guide mission groups toward healthy and effective mission practices. It regularly provides programs for mission education to equip and strengthen the leadership in the Presbytery and its congregations so they may help meet local and global ministry needs.
Racial Ethnic Diversity
Chairperson: John Yu
This Work Group consists of the responsibilities listed below:
- Advise the councils, committees and commissions of the presbytery in implementing the principles of participation and inclusiveness
- Advocate in the presbytery for the representation of racial ethnic members on presbytery entities.
- Develop strategies that assist churches in increasing racial/ethnic membership, participation and leadership.
- Develop strategies to assist Sessions to expand racial/ethnic awareness and diversity.
- Provide leadership development for racial/ethnic persons in congregations and the presbytery.
- Provide demographic studies to the presbytery and to congregations that specifically identify trends among racial/ethnic groups.
- Address issues unique to racial/ethnic persons in Denver Presbytery. Issues would include but not be limited to: immigration laws, education, health care and housing.
- Support development of ethnic specific and multi-cultural congregations.
- Support outreach from the presbytery and congregations to racial/ethnic persons.
This work group is responsible for providing, establishing and maintaining definitions, policies, and procedures that strive to maintain a positive, effective, creative and faithful relationship between the Presbytery and its employees. Other duties are:
Developing position descriptions that establish clear work responsibilities for each employee, detail lines of accountability and job expectations
Recommend personnel policies and guidelines to Council
Maintain employee pesonnel records
Conduct annual compensation and performance reviews of each staff person
Develop and present to Council a plan and rationale for the future staffing of the Presbytery
Relations & Communications
This group mentors and facilitate relations between the Council and other bodies. It is also responsible to establish and maintain efficient and effective communications between:
Council and Presbytery, its members, its committees and its congregations
Council and the various external groups to which the Presbytery is connected
Council and the population residing within the boundaries of the Presbytery