The General Assembly, noting the recommendation of the Board of Trustees that it is desirable to set fixed terms of appointment for clerks of committees, boards, Presbyteries and the General Assembly, enact that, from May 2015, the following shall apply:
- Clerks of standing committees and boards of the General Assembly shall be appointed for an initial four year term, renewable for a further term of four years. This provision shall not apply in the case of the Board of Trustees, the Missions Board and the Seminary Board where secretarial services are provided by the Chief Executive Officer, the Missions Co-ordinator and the Seminary Secretary respectively.
- Clerks of Presbytery, the Principal Clerk of the General Assembly and the Assistant Clerk of the General Assembly shall serve for a term of six years. A formal nominations process shall be conducted at least six months prior to the completion of these initial six-year terms with incumbents being eligible for nomination for one further six-year term. In the case of the appointment of Assembly Clerks, the nominations process shall be conducted by the Board of Trustees. Presbyteries shall conduct their own nominations process for appointments of Presbytery Clerks.
- In order that the terms of office of the Principal Clerk of Assembly and the Assistant Clerk of Assembly do not expire at the same time, the General Assembly direct that the first term of six years for the Assistant Clerk shall begin at the 2015 Assembly and the final term of six years for the Principal Clerk shall be taken as from the 2013 Assembly.
- The General Assembly hereby repeal all previous legislation pertaining to the periods of appointment of the clerks to committees, boards, Presbyteries and the General Assembly.