Ruling elders and deacons are officers of the church with specific functions in the congregation. The Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order specifies, To those called to exercise special functions in the church—deacons, ruling elders, and ministers of the Word and Sacrament—God gives suitable gifts for their various duties. In addition to possessing the necessary gifts and abilities, those who undertake particular ministries should be persons of strong faith, dedicated discipleship, and love of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian Gospel in the church and in the world. [G-2.0104]
G-2.02 Deacons: The Ministry Of Compassion And Service
The ministry of Deacon as set forth in scripture (cf. 1 Tim. 3:8-15) is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. (cf Acts 6:3-6) Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry. [G-2.0201]
At MPPC, deacons are engaged in the life of the church through ministries of prayer, serving communion, ushering, hospitality and meals, and member care and support.
G-2.03 Ruling Elders: The Ministry of Discernment and Guidance
Congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. [Ruling elders] are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling Elders, together with Ministers of Word and Sacrament, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline (cf. 1 Tim. 5:17, Rom. 12:7-8, Acts 15:25) and have responsibilities for the life of the congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. [G-2.0301]
At MPPC, ruling elders, with Ministers of the Word and Sacrament, meet monthly as a council of the church called the session. Ruling elders also serve on sessional committees: Christian Education, Fellowship & Congregational Care, Finance & Stewardship, Missions, Personnel, Property & Grounds, and Worship, as well as the Congregational Nominating Committee.
Nominations Committee Members
The Congregational Nominating Committee will prayerfully consider each nominee to create the best slate to represent the congregation. Those who possess the qualities required by the Book of Order and who demonstrate a willingness to serve and gift of leadership will be called. Please contact us if you have any questions concerning the nominations process.
Ellen Creed Branham ~ Chair
Mac Thigpen ~ Chair-elect
Mary Allen Edgerton
Andrea White Boggan Carolyn Word
Rev. Bart Edwards, ex officio
From the Nominating Committee:
Recommendations for the Offices of Elder & Deacon
Help shape the life of the church with your recommendations for the offices of Deacon and Elder.
Attributes required in church officers:
- Life reflects a passion for Christ and the church
- Spiritual maturity
- Openness to seek God’s guidance
- Commitment to the church with time, talents, and gifts
- Spirit of compassion, cooperation, and humility
- Faithful participation in worship
- Ongoing involvement in faith formation and ministries of the church
- Supportive of the doctrine of the PC(USA)
- Willingness to accept leadership roles
The Ministry Of Compassion And Service
The Ministry of Discernment and Guidance