Blackhawk Presbytery
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Supporting Thriving Faith Communities in Northern Illinois
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061



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. Blake Richter, Area 1 moderator
Westminster Presbyterian Church, DeKalb
Elder Dottie Morizzo, Area 2 moderator
Schapville Zion Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth
Elder Joni Bratney, Area 3 moderator
First Presbyterian Church, Mendota
Rev. Roy Backus, Area 4 moderator
First Presbyterian Church, Morris
Blackhawk Presbytery Resources: 
NEW - Blackhawk Presbytery has established a 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.
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:
* 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