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Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons

Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons

Resources for Leader Formation

Along the Road Podcast Coming Alive in Christ "Each Christian Has a Calling" Hymn
Regarding Ruling Elders Webinar Series Additional Resources


Leader Formation Webinar
Leading by Listening: Ruling Elders and Presbyterian Polity

November 16, 2023; 7:00-8:30 p.m. (EDT)
The recording and resources are available here.


Along the Road Podcast

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Ministry in the church can be life-giving and life-changing and, in the midst of it, we all need faithful companions along the road. The second season of Along the Road – a podcast on faith and leadership for ministry leaders of the PC(USA) - is available now. Stream episodes on your favorite streaming service or get more information and listen here.



Coming Alive in Christ: Training for PC(USA) Ruling Elders and Deacons based on the Constitutional Questions

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This multi-session resource, delivered through Equip, the PC(USA)’s online training site, is created for the study by and training of those serving as ruling elders and deacons. Based on the theological principles of the constitutional questions asked and answered in ordination, study guides are provided for leaders using a monthly format to last throughout the year and for a three-session retreat format. While the English version is available now, translations into Spanish and Korean which include cultural adaptations will be added in the coming months.  


Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Serving Faithfully

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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. Throughout 2023 and 2024, monthly Regarding Ruling Elders articles will alternate between a deep dive into the ways ruling elders discern and measure the life of a congregation through the ministry of members and stories about how ruling elders are using their call and gifts as they move about within and beyond the walls of the congregation. 

Articles available monthly at and with topical archives available in English, Español, and 한국어
Register here to subscribe to receive monthly email announcements about new articles in the series.  


As Christians, we are in a continuous process of growth in relationship with God, each other, and self. This is especially true of those who have been called to service in the ordered ministries of the church. Resources specifically geared toward this ecclesial growth are provided for those currently serving, and those preparing to serve, PC(USA) congregations as ruling elders and deacons. 


News of events and resources related to the formation of ruling elders and deacons will be sent periodically to those subscribe.


Martha Miller
Ministry Education and Support
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