Ruling elders and deacons are men and women elected by the congregation from among its members. The nomination and election of ruling elders and deacons is done with the intent to express the diversity of the congregation’s membership and promote inclusiveness. Ruling elders and deacons are nominated by a committee. These officers are then elected at a meeting of the congregation. If you are interested in serving as a ruling elder or a deacon, feel free to talk with the pastor, a member of the nominating committee or one of our church officers. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.
The duties of the Deacon are to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. The deacons in our congregation have additional responsibilities, especially in the area of hospitality and some areas related to worship. Each deacon typically has responsibility for a couple of different areas or tasks including: praying for congregational concerns, preparing the elements for communion, scheduling coffee hour hosts and buying related supplies, sending cards and flowers, coordinating Christmas and Easter flowers for the sanctuary, organizing Friendship Sunday and the Ash Wednesday meal, and visiting members in need.
Ruling Elders & The Session
Our church’s Session (like a council) has six ruling elders, a clerk of session (like a secretary), plus the pastor (also known as a teaching elder), who serves as the moderator. Ruling elders along with the teaching elder lead, govern and provide discipline for our congregation. Ruling elders should be persons of faith, dedicated and with good judgment.
The Session is responsible for the mission and government of the church. This includes providing for worship, leading the congregation in mission, receiving members, developing and supervising the Sunday School, establishing the budget, determining special offerings and the distribution of benevolences, providing for administration of the church program, providing for the management of church property, and delegating and supervising the work of the board of Deacons.
Session members typically serve as the chair of a committee of the church, or are actively involved with a committee and serve as the Session liaison to the committee.