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Year of Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons

Year of Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons

Resources for the Year of Leader Formation

Coming Alive in Christ "Each Christian Has a Calling" Hymn Regarding Ruling Elders
Webinar Series In the News Additional Resources
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The recording of “Deacon Ministries,” the third webinar in the Year of Leader Formation series is now available. Click here for more information.

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

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Now available at

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. This long-standing series of articles that lifts up these responsibilities and ministries will continue in its usual format but with a leader formation thread running through each month’s issue beginning in 2021. The series will be written by Rev Dr Rodger Nishioka, Senior Associate and Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Church in Prairie Village, KS.

Articles available monthly at and with searchable archives at
Register here to subscribe to receive monthly email announcements about new articles in the series.  


In the News

-For more information about the Year of Leader Formation, read about it in the PC(USA) News in English, Korean, and Spanish.

-To hear from contributors and users of Coming Alive in Christ: Training for PC(USA) Ruling Elders and Deacons based on the Constitutional Questions , read this article in English, Korean, and Spanish.

-Read about the great significance of the Year of Leader Formation hymn in English, Korean, and Spanish.

-Read a review the webinar, "Discover Our Gifts", and discussion leader, the Rev. Michael Gehrling - English

- Rodger Nishioka shares insights for Year of Leader formation - English

 - Year of Leader Formation discussion deacon ministries - English


Additional Resources for Leader Formation: 

Scattered Church provides resources for congregations to think through and care for the reality that congregations are finding new ministries to and with those who are not able to be physically present when the congregation gathers. 

Everyday God-talk series, which provides 10 minute conversations about faith and the realities of living out the faith now.

Daily Prayer app is available in both iOS and Android. It is an easy way to follow the discipline of daily prayer – it puts the pieces together for you, in your hand. Praying? There is indeed an app for that.

Call to Worship, a subscription publication, provides worship resources, suggesting hymns, themes, music for worship services. It also has articles on topics in worship, the church, and the world.

1001 New Worshiping Communities (New Church New Way) is an online resource that includes a podcast for leaders and includes  recent seasons on Covid-19, racial injustice, and passing down the faith.

PC(USA) Ruling Elder Ministries also offers a curated list of books, workshops, and other materials relevant to the ministry of ruling elders in the church.


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. During 2021, resources specifically geared toward this ecclesial growth will be 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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