Church Governance
 
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First Presbyterian Church of Pasadena is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and as such, the members of the congregation put themselves under the leadership of the session and the higher councils:  presbytery, synod, and General Assembly.
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Elders, also called Ministers of the Word and Sacrament, are committed to teaching the faith and equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. They are called by a congregation, examined and approved by the action of the presbytery, and become members of and accountable to that presbytery.

 

The Session is responsible to guide and to govern the life of the congregation.  The session leads the congregation in fulfilling its responsibilities for the service of all people, for the upbuilding of the whole church, and for the glory of God.  Congregations elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith (called ruling elders) to serve on the session, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit.  Ruling elders are members, who are nominated by a nominating committee, elected by the congregation, trained, examined by the session, ordained and installed, and usually serve for terms of three years.

 

The Board of Deacons consists of members of a congregation (called deacons), who are nominated by a committee, elected by the congregation, trained, examined by the session, ordained and installed, and serve for terms up to three years long.  The duties of a deacon, as set forth in Scripture, 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.  Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgement are chosen for this ministry.