As a Presbyterian (USA) church we are governed by a session of Ruling Elders. They serve to discern God’s direction for the church and to measure whether the church is carrying out its mission. At PCPC we have a session of six active elders, each of which serves a 3-year term. Each year, two elders rotate off the session and two new elders are elected. Each elder also serves as chairperson for one of the church’s main committees.
“Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they 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. Presbyters are not simply to reflect the will of the people, but rather to seek together to find and represent the will of Christ.”
(Excerpt from The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church USA, Part II: Book of Order)