Definition of Ruling Elder
From the Book of Order (G-2.0301)
“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 discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matthew 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. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.”
The Primary Function of the Deacons
The primary function of the FPC Board of Deacons is set forth in scripture and provides sympathy, witness, and service following the example of Jesus Christ. As Deacons they want to glorify God by providing compassionate care, prayer, support, and resources. Their desire is to encourage individuals and their families in times of joy and in times of sorrow as together we seek God’s healing power and grace.