Together with Teaching Elders (ministers), Ruling Elders exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of the church.
- Ruling Elders serve on the Session, which is the body that establishes and oversees the direction of the church’s ministry, program, and budget. Elders are also asked to chair and serve on committees of session. The Session and committees meet monthly.
- Elders should be persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel, both within the church and in the world.
- It is the duty of the elders to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation.
- Together with the pastors, they should encourage the people in the worship and service of God, and equip and renew them for their tasks within the church and for the mission in the world.
- Elders occasionally assist in worship.
The office of deacons as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Deacons serve in compassionate ministry.
- Deacons organize and serve in ministries to engage people and groups in Christ’s service. Deacons meet monthly or more frequently if a particular program or project requires this.
- Deacons should be persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment.
- It is the duty of deacons, first of all, 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 Nominating Committee members take suggestions from church members, along with their own candidates, and prayerfully determine whom they will nominate to serve as elders, deacons, and members of the nominating committee.