Elders, Deacons, Committees
We are much more than a building. We are a people, called by God, to participate in the worship, life, and witness of the church, both within and beyond our physical boundaries.
Through member participation in this holy calling, we will make a difference in the community and the world, as well as in our own life. Christian stewardship is more than the giving of money. It is the giving of yourself — time, talents, and resources — to Christ and His Church.
You are encouraged to participate in the programs of First Presbyterian Church. You don’t have to be a long-standing disciple of the church, and you don’t have to work “up the ranks” in order to serve. Newcomers are actively sought to share in the ministry of this wonderful church. Previous experience is not a prerequisite to making a significant difference. The only requirement is a desire to give, a willingness to make a difference. Your enthusiasm will be contagious. We welcome you.
Elders, elected by the congregation, are responsible for the life and work of the church, especially worship, programs and education. Elders also manage the operations of the church, including personnel, finance, communication, property and buildings. Elders meet at least monthly in Session where they deal with all aspects of the church’s life.
Eighteen elders serve as current members of the Session. Nine candidates for elders are nominated each year with six to be elected. While elders are elected for life, they serve active terms of three years before rotating off.
In addition to FPC session meetings, elders are expected to serve as commissioners in Salem Presbytery, the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Elders lead sessional committees as part of their overall responsibilities. Significant investments of time, energy, and leadership are required of an elder. Session Committees led by elders include:
* Budget & Finance
* Christian Education
* Communication & Administration
* Personnel & Policy
* Worship and Music
* Youth Ministries
For additional detailed information on church elders, please review the FPC Policy and Procedures Manual available in the church library and the church office.
BOARD OF DEACONS
The Deacons, elected by the congregation, are responsible for ministering 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. (Book of Order – G-6.0401-0402.) The Board of Deacons meets monthly with the Associate Pastor as the supporting staff person.
Eighteen deacons serve as the current members of the Board of Deacons. Nine candidates for the Deacons are nominated each year with six to be elected. The Deacons serve active terms of three years before rotating off the board. From within the board, a Moderator, Moderator-elect and a Secretary are elected. The Board of Deacon is under the supervision and authority of the Session of the church. The Moderator of the Board of Deacon serves as an ex-official member of the Session and reports the activities of the Board of Deacons to the Session.
The Board of Deacons is charged primarily with ministries of compassion. They lead several church committees that include:
* Blessing Bunch
* Congregational Connections