Called to Leadership:
Serving the Church in the Offices of Elder, Deacon, Trustee
What Do Church Officers Do?
Central to the Presbyterian way is the belief that the people of God are called to be leaders. This commitment manifests itself in a style of “representative democracy” that is unique in the worldwide church.
Elders (the translation of the Greek word presbuteros) form a group called the Session, which is the governing body of the church. Westminster’s Session has 29 members, including 2 youth. Their responsibilities include receiving new members, leading the congregation in mission, providing for worship and the administration of the sacraments (baptism and communion), offering educational programs, pastoral care and fellowship opportunities, and challenging the congregation in its stewardship of time, talent, and financial resources.
Deacons (comprising a board of 47, including 2 youth) are often called “the heart of the church.” Their responsibilities include service in all ministries of the church, especially caring for the congregation, participating in outreach ministries, and hospitality.
The Board of Trustees (15 members) oversees the financial life of the church, including the endowment. Trustees also exercise the authority to manage, and maintain church property.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the criteria for nomination?
A member of Westminster for at least one year
Faithful in worship attendance
Active in the program life of the church
A regular contributor to the church budget through a pledge of any amount
A member may not serve more than two consecutive three-year terms on the same board
Who can recommend a member for nomination?
Any member of Westminster
Can I recommend myself?
How do recommendations for church office happen?
By completing the form below.