First Presbyterian Church Structure

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SESSION

elected by the congregation and entrusted with the authority to charter Commissions, support the Deacons and Presbyterian Women and provide oversight for the ministry teams and professional staff

The Session, which is the governing body of the church, is made up of twelve Elders (from the Greek word presbyteros), comprised of three classes of four elders elected for each three-year term. The Session is responsible for the whole life and ministry of First Presbyterian Church. The Session’s particular responsibilities include providing for worship and the administration of the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper); receiving new members; leading the congregation in mission; offering Christian education and spiritual formation programs for all ages; providing for the maintenance of the church’s physical plant and challenging the congregation in its stewardship of time, talent, and financial resources.

COMMISSIONS

consider and take action, subject to session-approved charters, and support Ministry Teams under them

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developing and deepening caring and faithful relationships among those with whom we worship

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provides opportunities for our congregation and community to enrich their individual and collective spiritual journeys as we seek to follow Christ in word and deed

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is responsible for the strategic development and management of the church’s resources

BOARD OF DEACONS

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offers pastoral care through Care and Concern Teams, reaches out through the Nurturing Network and leads the Ushering Team

The Board of Deacons is a board of members, elected, ordained and installed to offer themselves to this community of faith and the world in (according to the Presbyterian Church’s, Book of Order) “sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ… to minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith” (G-6.0402).  Because the scripture that describes the role of Deacons is more about their own character (Tim 3:8-15), the Diaconate’s responsibilities vary from church to church.  Here at FPC, as the ruling Session is the administrative branch of the church’s leadership and the Board of Deacons is the pastoral branch.

The Board of Deacons is a body that leads this community in becoming an intentional community through guiding the church in sharing the love, compassion and hospitality that we have come to know through Jesus Christ.  As a group, the Diaconate not only ushers us into services, but also (on the other 6 days of the week) prays for this community, reaches out to those experiencing joy and pain in their lives, thinks critically about ways that this community can connect, and shares and expresses the love that has called each of us by name.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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builds a caring community of women in the congregation through Circles, prayer and bible study, supporting worldwide mission, and working for justice and peace

MINISTRY TEAMS

two or more people with a shared passion that helps us fulfill our purpose to “engage in worship, pursue justice and nurture all who enter our doors”

Throughout the three Commissions, we have over 50 ministry teams.  Click here to see a listing of our Ministry Teams.

COMMITTEES

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