Elders are ordained men tasked with maintaining the spiritual government of the church and creating and maintaining a vision for the church. Each Elder has one or more ministry/area(s) that he serves/oversees and has a group of members that they shepherd, as a contact point for questions, counseling, and prayer.
A confidential Shepherding Elders List document will be updated/posted with each new Session and with new families. It is password protected to protect the list of our members, using the church’s WiFi password.
The Ruling Elders of the Session share with the Teach Elder (Pastors) the responsibility for the spiritual oversight of the flock. The Session is to watch diligently over the members, to provide oversight of the spiritual interests of the church and its members. Its members are to pray with and for the people, being careful and diligent in seeking the fruit of the preached Word among the flock. They should set a worthy example to the flock entrusted to their care by their zeal to evangelize the unconverted and make disciples. All those duties, which private Christians are bound to discharge by the law of love, are especially incumbent upon them by divine vocation, and are to be discharged as official duties.
It is its duty to inquire into the knowledge, principles and Christian conduct of the church members under its care; to censure those found delinquent; to see that parents do not neglect to present their children for Baptism; to receive members into the communion of the church; to remove them for just cause; to grant letters of dismissal to other churches, which when given to parents, shall always include the names of their non-communing baptized children.
It is the responsibility of the Session to admit persons to the Lord’s Supper, making them communing members. It is also the responsibility of the Session to examine, ordain, and install ruling elders and deacons to require these officers to devote themselves to their work. The Session also examines and installs deacons, deacon assistance, and trustees. It exercises in accordance with the Directory for Worship (BCO 47-63) authority over the time and place of the preaching of the Word and the administration of the Sacraments, over all other religious services, over the music in the services; to take oversight of the singing in the public worship of God; to assemble the people for worship when there is no minister; and to determine the best measures for promoting the spiritual interests of the church and congregation.