Registration of Ministries Committee


The Registration of Ministries Committee shall deal with various applications related to the Registration of Ministry. Refer to the Registration of Ministries Act (Act II 2017).


The Committee is appointed by the General Assembly as a Standing Committee, in terms of the Standing Orders of the General Assembly and shall be a committee of five persons, consisting of a Convener, Vice-Convener and three other members. One member shall be appointed by the Legal Questions Committee, one by the Ministries Council and the other three members shall be appointed by the General Assembly on the nomination of the Nomination Committee. The General Assembly shall appoint a Convener and Vice-Convener, both of whom shall be proposed by the Nomination Committee and selected from its own three nominees. The three nominees proposed by the Nomination Committee shall include one member who is legally qualified, at least one Minister of Word and Sacrament and at least one elder. The following persons shall also attend the Committee ex officiis in an advisory capacity (i) one or other of the Clerks of the General Assembly and (ii) the Secretary to the Ministries Council. These persons shall not be members of the Committee.

Areas of Work

The Committee shall receive the following:

  • Application for Category O Registration The application form requires Presbytery to read and sign the completed form prior to submission. This is normally done by either the Presbytery Clerk or another designated person within presbytery.

    On submission of an application for inclusion in Category O, the applicant will normally be invited to attend for interview on the corresponding Decision Date. Presbytery also has the opportunity to make representation on that date should it wish to do so.
  • Applications from individuals registered in Category S
  • Applications for change of Category of registration from persons who left a post for reasons of ill health

Where the Act specifies that a Presbytery may comment on a particular application, a representative of that Presbytery shall be entitled to attend the relevant Hearing. ;In the event of a Presbytery representative failing to attend, the Committee shall be entitled to proceed with the Hearing.

For the avoidance of doubt, expenses incurred for applicants and Presbytery representatives in attendance at an interview with the Registration of Ministries Committee will not be reimbursed by the national Church. It may be that application for assistance towards any costs incurred could be made to the Presbytery through which the applicant is registered, but this would be according to any arrangements made at Presbytery level.

NOTE: At the point someone is invited to preach as sole nominee, the individual should make written request to the Ministries Council who will provide a certified extract of his or her entry on the Register of Ministry. The extract shall be valid for a period of two months after which time it is thought to have expired and should a further extract be required then this will be provided on request.

Meeting Dates

Committee Meeting dates, along with submission dates for application, are as provided below:

Submission dateCommittee meeting date
21 February 2018 14 March 2018
11 April 2018 2 May 2018
16 June 2018 27 June 2018
1 August2018 22 August 2018
10 October 201824 October 2018
19 December 20189 January 2019

Contact for Information

Email the Clerk of the Committee at or contact the Church's offices in Edinburgh.

Application for Category O