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Ruling Elders

Helpful Resources


Resource Discount
As a part of the process of the ecclesial formation of ruling elders and deacons, the Office of the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation have partnered to provide particular books and resources to aid in the ministries of these leaders at a 40% discount. Read more at the Leader Formation Webpage.

These pages offer resources and training materials relevant to the ministry of ruling elders.

Polity Training Workshops Books Additional resources


Resources for church governance, including the roles and responsibilities of ruling elders, can be found within our Constitution.

Ruling Elder Training

Training for ruling elders typically occurs through the local congregation or mid council. Modules to assist in designing this training and a congregational sample are available.

Ruling Elder Workshops

Training and education for ruling elders may also occur through shorter segments, focusing on specific topics.

Ruling Elder Books

Several books and workbooks focusing on the ministry of ruling elders and their roles and responsibilities, including several that have been translated into a variety of languages.

Additional Resources

A variety of resources that may supplement ministry with ruling elders including materials for orienting first-time presbytery attendees, charts, and articles.