Membership & Leadership

Membership

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According to PCUSA, persons may enter into active church membership in the following ways:

  • Public profession of faith, made after careful examination by the session in the meaning and responsibilities of membership; if not already baptized, the person making profession of faith shall be baptized;
  • Certificate of transferwhen a person is a member of another Christian church at the time of transfer;
  • Reaffirmation of faith, for persons previously baptized in the name of the triune God and having publicly professed their faith.

For more details, see the section of the Book of Order on Membership.

Deacons

Office of the Deacon ~ from The Book of Order

The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of scriptural character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brother and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office. It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord’s supper.

Session

The Office of Elder ~ from The Book of Order

As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament Church provided persons with particular gifts to share in governing and ministry.

Elders are chosen by the people. Together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, they exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a particular church as well as the church at large, including ecumenical relationships. They shall serve faithfully as members of the session.

Elders should be persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel, both within the church and in the world.