Blackhawk Presbytery
Monday, October 18, 2021
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 476
Oregon, IL 61061
779.771.2088 (general inquires)
779.771.1896 (Transformational General Presbyter / Stated Clerk)



Commission on Ministry

Responsibilities:  COM serves as pastor and counselor to the ministers of the presbytery, facilitates relations between congregations, ministers, and the presbytery, assists congregations during pastoral transitions, and settles difficulties on behalf of the presbytery when possible and expedient.  Each commission member is assigned specific churches for which he/she is liaison.
Composition: Twenty-seven members composed of a balanced representation of ministers and elders.
Rev. Catherine Martin, Commission moderator 
Fulton Presbyterian Church, Fulton
Rev. David Terrinoni, Vice Moderator
Crow Meadow Presbyterian Church, La Rose
Pastor Claire Brennecka, Area 1 moderator
First Presbyterian Church, Harvard
Rev. Gary Panetta, Area 2 moderator
First Presbyterian Church, Savanna
Rev. Angela McClane, Area 3 moderator
First Presbyterian Church, Princeton
Rev. Roy Backus, Area 4 moderator
First Presbyterian Church, Morris
Boundary Training in 2021


The Synod of Lincoln Trails is again offering LeaderWise training Tuesday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 13, 9:00 am - 11:30 am both days (Central time). Registration by Oct. 8: (Highly recommended - those who attended in the spring found this excellent and well worth their time!)

“This training is lively and highly interactive, full of reflection and conversation—and even laughter. Attendees have given us the feedback that our boundaries training was a great experience AND caused them to re-evaluate some of their own practices.”


The Presbytery of Chicago offers a training event on October 14 via Zoom. It will last 90 minutes, and requires pre-registration. Please register at for October 14, 2021, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Blackhawk Presbytery Resources: 
* Boundary Training Policy: "Boundary training is required for all people in pastoral ministry* and shall be taken at the earliest opportunity when one first enters the Presbytery. Renewal of that training shall be required every three years."  (Training is required every three years for Ministers of Word and Sacrament, Commissioned Pastors, Interim and Temporary Supply Pastors, and all Pastors serving Blackhawk churches, whether as pulpit supply or members of other denominations. Honorably Retired members and Members at Large do not need to complete boundary training unless they are active in the life of a congregation.) Contact the COM Moderator or Presbytery office to learn of training opportunities.
* Financial assistance available through the Blackhawk Presbytery Fund for Ordination Scholarships for persons in the candidacy phase. This Fund also offers Education Debt Relief for pastors called into Blackhawk Presbytery. See the details and application.
* Administrative Commissions for Ordination or Installation:
Presbytery requirements state the AC must have at least six members, evenly divided between teaching elders and ruling elders, each from a different church and at least one ecumenical member.  After the minimum is met, additional people may be asked to participate.

* Triennial Visit resources:
Denominational Resources:
* A Guide to Structuring Ministers' Terms of Call - "Living By the Gospel"
* Understanding Effective Salary (Board of Pensions)
Church Leadership Connection (link to website)
On Calling a Pastor (Church Leadership Connection - PCUSA)
     Link to Website where Videos and other documents may be found