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Ruling Elders

Ruling Elders

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. (continue reading)


Errata, 2017-2019 Book of Order

The following error in the Form of Government, G-3.0301, is called to the attention of users of the 2017/2019 Book of Order: [Text inadvertently deleted is shown with an underline.]

“The presbytery is the council serving as a corporate expression of the church within a certain district and is composed of all the congregationsi and  ministers of the Word and Sacrament within that district. The presbytery shall adopt and communicate to the sessions a plan for determining how many ruling elders each session should elect as commissioners to presbytery, with a goal of numerical parity of ministers of the Word and Sacrament and ruling elders. This plan shall require each session to elect at least one commissionerj and shall take into consideration the size of congregations as well as a method ...”


Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Spiritual Leaders

Ruling Elders are elected by congregations as “persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit” (G-2.0301). This series will include devotional pieces, descriptions of spiritual practices, and other resources for growing as spiritual leaders and seeks to nurture the spiritual life of those serving in this role. Read more about this series here.

Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Serving Faithfully
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. Click for online archive or PDF archives compiled by topic
 

Ways to Use Regarding Ruling Elders
Articles published as a part of the Regarding Ruling Elders series are meant to benefit ruling elders and other leaders in the church as they serve in ministry throughout the PC(USA).  There are many ways these articles might be used. (continue reading


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