DEFINITION OF RULING ELDER FROM THE BOOK OF ORDER (G-2.0301)
“As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.”
Ruling elders are called to ministry in partnership with teaching elders. Within this calling, ruling elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity to reflect upon how they are lived out.
사역 장로에 관하여: 신실한 섬김을 위한 월별 시리즈
사역 장로들은 교역 장로들과 협력하도록 사역으로 부름을 받는다. 이러한 부르심 안에서, 사역 장로들은 교회 생활의 여러 영역들에서 책임을 갖는다. 여기에는 리더십 발휘, 다스림, 영적 분별, 영적 훈련과 같은 것들이 포함된다. 이 시리즈는 이러한 특정한 책임들을 부각시키면서, 또한 그러한 책임있는 삶을 어떻게 살아갈 수 있는지를 음미해 볼 수 있는 기회들을 제공해 줄 것이다.
Con Respecto a los/as Ancianos/as Gobernantes: Una serie mensual para servir con fervor
Los/as Ancianos/as gobernantes son llamados al ministerio en colaboración con los/as ancianos/as docentes. Dentro de esta vocación, los/as ancianos/as gobernantes tienen responsabilidades en varias áreas en la vida de la iglesia, incluyendo el ejercicio de liderazgo, la gobernanza, el discernimiento espiritual y la disciplina. Esta serie busca elevar las responsabilidades específicas al mismo tiempo proporcionar una oportunidad para reflexionar sobre la forma en que se viven.
News & Statements
July 15, 2014
[Korean] People have various reasons, not always spiritual, for agreeing to serve as ruling elders, and I cannot say definitively that I said yes for the right reason. In fact, it may not have been a considered decision. With my training and experience as an Army officer, I usually make fast decisions. I was married three months after I met my wife, if we don't count the one-year gap in the relationship caused by a tour of duty in Vietnam.
- June 15, 2014
- May 14, 2014
- April 15, 2014
- March 19, 2014
Ruling Elder Ministries is a new focus of the Office of General Assembly with the vision of providing support and training to the office of Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).