A session is a body of elected elders governing each local church within Presbyterian policy. The members of the session are the pastor (Teaching Elder) of that congregation, and the other ruling elders (sometimes called "lay elders"). Elders are ordained for life, so if they are subsequently elected or appointed to Sessions at later points in their life, they are inducted, there being no second ordination. In most denominations, the pastor serves as Moderator of the Session and thus convenes or presides over the session. All elders have an equal vote in the session The pastor has no vote except in tie situations. Frequent voting decisions deal with budget, approval for wedding, baptisms, and new members, policy adoption or changes.
The office of Deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons exemplary of Deacons live with gifts of spiritual character, honest repute, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.
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. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the Session.
This committee formulates general plans for financing the church’s annual operations through a stewardship campaign, educates and encourages the church on spiritual giving and encourages pledging. They provide monthly financial reports and monitor incoming and outgoing expenses to ensure the daily operations of the church.
The purpose of the Building and Grounds Committee will be to plan, direct, and coordinate the activities of the church in all aspects of the care of its buildings and grounds. Specific duties are to supervise the snow removal and lawn care schedule, oversee all work that is contracted out by the church, schedule seasonal/annual checks on equipment ie boiler, fire extinguishers, building insurance, guide the church in its endeavors to keep the buildings and grounds serviceable and neat in appearance at all times, and ordering cleaning tools and supplies.
The principal function of the Personnel Committee is to address and resolve issues and concerns related to all church employees. Developing goals with staff and assisting to reach their goals is our greatest joy. Employee reviews, hiring, salary, job descriptions, and staff appreciation are some of the main duties. Working closely alongside the Pastor as Head of Staff to optimize the daily operations of the church office and church functions. Provide approval of vacation, sick time and educational leave for the Pastor and staff on an as needed basis. Policy development is an important function to give guidance on operations pertaining to staff.
The Memorial Committee is created to honor a person who has died and their gifts given to the church to preserve a remembrance. This committee will record acts of giving in the church records, provide communication with the member’s family and maintain a list of items or services the church needs. They report to Session when gifts are acquired and make purchases upon approval.
Responsible to select and nominate qualified church members to serve as Elders and Deacons in the church. By having a Nominating Committee it provides the church members with the right to choose those who rule over them. The committee is chosen annually and at least two members are assigned from Session and one from Deacons.