What is an Elder?
Being a Presbyterian elder is a high calling, a unique opportunity to offer servant leadership to the congregation, and an experience of spiritual growth.
The Presbyterian Church Book of Order defines the role of a ruling elder and the qualifications of those called to serve in this capacity.
The Book of Order states that ruling elders, together with teaching elders (pastors), exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session. (The PC(USA) Book of Order)
Individuals who undertake particular ministries including ruling elder, should be persons of strong faith, dedicated discipleship, and love of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel in the church and in the world. (The PC(USA) Book of Order)
Becoming an Elder
The congregation through a nomination and election process identifies candidates for the office of ruling elder. If you feel called to serve as an Elder for our church, you must be nominated through our yearly nomination process.
During a three-year term, Elders usually have the opportunity to work in more than one area of the church's life so that they may learn and grow in understanding through their service.
Activity and Time Commitments for Elders
New Elders will meet with deacons in January prior to beginning their term of service for a weekend of education and training usually held in the church building.
The Session meets on the second Monday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room. In addition, each elder serves on one committee, most of which meet monthly. Each of the 7 ministry teams (Worship, Building, Grounds, Fellowship and Church Growth, Christian Education, Mission and College Ministries) is moderated by an acting Elder. There are also occasional special called meetings of Session usually on a Sunday morning, or, if needed, to deal with a major subject for which there is insufficient time at its regular meeting.
Elders are expected to assist with the serving of communion on a regular basis.
Elders are expected to serve as greeters on a rotational basis for worship services.
Elders are expected to serve on one of the 7 ministry teams and moderate as needed.
Elders are expected to attend session on a regular basis.
If you have questions or need further information,
please contact one of our current Elders.