The board of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation met in closed session Jan. 16 and later announced it had taken action to reconfigure within the denominational structure the way that administrative services will be provided.
The A Corporation is the corporate entity for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Office of the General Assembly. The change being announced is not a matter that will have a direct impact on congregations or Presbyterians in the pews.
The change means that departments providing administrative services to Presbyterian agencies and which were formerly considered to be providing services through the Presbyterian Mission Agency now will be part of the newly-created Administrative Services Group in the A Corporation (although a news release regarding the decision states that “structurally, they have always been housed in A Corp.”)
The change involves about 80 employees in seven departments: Finance & Accounting, Information Technology, Logistical Services, Research Services, Human Resources, Legal Services, and Global Resources, which includes translation services.
The Administrative Services Group will continue to provide services to the Office of the General Assembly, the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation and Presbyterian Women.
Mike Miller, chief financial officer for the A Corporation, will manage the administrative services group.
The change also means that the A Corporation – whose board now has broad representation from five of the six PC(USA) agencies – will be responsible for setting the fees the agencies are charged for administrative services, rather than those decisions being made within the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Miller told the Moving Forward Implementation Commission during its meeting Jan. 14-15 that he’s been having conversations with representatives from the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Office of the General Assembly about the fee structure for providing administrative services – saying that the process for setting those fees has been less than transparent and somewhat a point of contention in the past.
The A Corporation board also announced some interim changes in the PC(USA)’s legal team following Martha Clark’s retirement in December as general counsel.
Michael Kirk will serve as Acting General Counsel for the A Corporation while a search is conducted for a new general counsel. The announcement states that Kirk and lawyer April Davenport will co-lead Legal Services until general counsel is appointed.