Ruling Elder Enhancement
Grow your skills. Act on your faith.
Being a Christian is a life long process of growing and maturing. Even when we have set backs, we strive to take the next step to serve God and share the good news of Christ everywhere. To do this, we often need training. All elders are invited to join us as we grow together.
PRAYER AND PRESENCE
The hallmark of Christian community is love. One of the most tangible ways we demonstrate love together is by sharing life together and supporting one another in prayer. With pastors, all elders are leaders through prayer.
HOW TO LEAD A BIBLE STUDY
As we share life together, we center ourselves around Jesus–the Living Word of God. As part of this, we read, study, and are fed by the Written Word of God. With pastors, all elders are leaders through study.
LEADERSHIP IN THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Leadership is an important need in the Christian community. While Christ is the head, our ruling elders, along with pastors, and responsible for the health of the Christian life we share together. This is more than a matter of developing budgets. Leadership is all about helping the church take a next faithful step as we participate in the mission of God together.
HOW AND WHY WE GOVERN TOGETHER
Do you know what Presbyterian means? The world “Presbyterian” is based in a Greek word that means elder. We call ourselves Presbyterians because we are a people who are governed together through the prayers and actions of elders. Elders are not representatives of the congregation, but are charged to seek the will of God together. The study of how we govern ourselves is rooted in the beautiful theology and practices that are in our Book of Order.
WHY AND WHAT WE BELIEVE
One of the benefits of the Presbyterian Tradition is that we do not have to agree. Like the Bible, our Book of Confessions is filled with various points of view. Being a Presbyterian is not about having a long check list of total agreement. Instead, like Jacob, we celebrate that we get to wrestle with the scriptures, the tradition, and cultural together as we try to be as faithful as possible.
WORSHIP AND SACRAMENTS
Our worship centers around the Word of God: Jesus as the Living Word of God; the scriptures as the Written Word of God; the sacraments as the Visible Word of God; and the Spoken Word of God–preaching. In all forms, we believe God’s Word is a gift. Calvin often described God’s Word–especially the sacraments as an accommodation for our benefit–God meeting our deepest needs in ways we can experience and understand.
One of our central struggles is that we have a need to clarify what mission is and what mission is not. What is the difference between doing nice things and Christian mission? What is our goal? How do we best achieve these goals, and how do we get all within the church to share in our common mission in ways that fit their spiritual gifts?
Across the world, fear of public speaking is our number 1 phobia. We are more afraid of public speaking than death!
Welcome to Christian leadership! But here is the little known secret:) Preaching is not about us speaking. It is about finding the voice of God and sharing God’s word. Preaching is so much easier than public speaking! Learn how!