Purpose of Session
To govern the life and ministry of the local church.
Session in Review
The Session in Review is published at the beginning of each month, and will incorporate items of interest from both Session meetings held in the previous month.
Organization of the Session
The Session consists of the Elders along with the Pastors. There are 18 Elders with six elected each year for three-year terms. They are charged with governing the life and ministry of the local church. The Session meets on the second Tuesday of each month for regular business, the fourth Tuesday of each month for teaching/information/community building/vision issues, a minimum of two (out of six) times a year to receive new members, and occasionally at other times to deal with special matters. Annually, a retreat is held over one weekend in the spring, alternating emphasis between spiritual renewal and planning. Faithful and prayerful preparation, attendance and participation by every Elder is essential for the Session to fulfill its responsibilities.
Currently the Session works through the following committees
- Congregational Nominating
- Discipleship & Community
- Session Relations
- Leadership Development
- MESH (Ministry Evaluation + Spiritual Health)
Each Elder is expected to serve on at least one of these committees according to individual interests and abilities. Some Elders volunteer to assist in serving the Lord’s Supper at nursing homes and to home-bound members.
It is not unusual to have Elders give from 15 to 20 hours per month in serving. In some cases the time commitment may involve more time, depending upon God’s call. In addition an Elder should have a daily prayer and Bible study time. It is a commitment of each person to serve the Lord, to serve the church, and to support the other Elders with whom he/she serves. To do this one must be available for the responsibilities as outlined above, one must commit to daily prayer and be willing to serve where and how the Lord leads.
Qualifications to Serve as an Elder
- A person of mature Christian faith who strives toward the ideals of Christian leadership as reflected in I Tim. 3 and Titus 1.
- A pledging member of Grace Commons Church with regular worship attendance.
- A vision and desire to nurture and shepherd the flock of Jesus Christ.
- An individual called by God and elected by the congregation.
- A teacher of the Word.
Responsibilities of an Elder
- Disciple – the Elder should invest his/her life in discipling others to grow more into the likeness of Christ.
- Shepherd – provide pastoral care and oversight for members of the congregation.
- Representative – represent the congregation and its interests to the Session.
- Decision-maker – work with other Elders in the process of determining the Lord’s will as it relates to the work and ministry of the local church.
- Serve as a liaison to committees of Session. The Elder should model out to other committee members how to function most effectively in a committee. He/she should share with the committee Session’s point of view as it bears on particular matters coming before the committee. The liaison has a voice and vote on the committee and should seek to guide and encourage the committee along with the moderator and the staff resource person.
- Assist in worship leadership, the Lord’s Supper, Baptisms, and Healing Prayer.
- Teacher – cultivate one’s ability to share with others the teaching of God’s word in formal and informal settings.
If you would like to email the members of session (which includes Elders, Pastors, and regular guests of Session) please email firstname.lastname@example.org.