A Ruling Elder is a “person 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 (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. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders (pastors), 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. When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session.”
—(Book of Order, G-2.0301)
First Presbyterian Church is directed by the Session, consisting of 12 elected Ruling Elders. The Session establishes the policy and decision-making of the church to give spiritual guidance, strength and leadership to the whole congregation.
The Clerk of Session records the minutes of all Session meetings, keeps the church rolls of membership and attendance, and helps to maintain a strong relationship with Flint River Presbytery.
The treasurer is responsible for the management of congregational funds. The treasurer works closely with the Stewardship & Finance ministry.
The Buildings & Grounds ministry is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and oversight of our property, buildings and church van, with the assistance of the custodian and hired contractors and vendors.
The Christian Education ministry oversees all educational opportunities for our children, youth, and adults. They also are responsible for Vacation Bible School, the Fall Festival, Easter Egg Hunt, as well as the Godly Play Christmas Eve service and our summer Joyous Journeys programming.
The Fellowship & Nurture ministry is responsible for the care of our members and friends through providing meals, special needs, as well as maintaining contact with those who are unable to participate in our programming. They host our Second Sunday luncheons, coordinate our Wednesday night suppers, funeral luncheons, and assist in the planning of our all-church events, such as the Fall Festival, Easter Egg Hunt, Maundy Thursday meal, and the Kirkin of the Tartans luncheon.
The Mission & Outreach ministry is responsible for our monthly congregational mission opportunities. Each month they share a Moment for Missions, and collect a Mission Offering for an organization that we support. They are also responsbile for our Mission Breakfasts that happen on the third Sunday of odd months.
Personnel & Ministry Development ministry is responsible for supervising the church staff.
The Worship & Music ministry is responsible for initiating and maintaining a sense of reverence, joy, and praise among the congregation through worship. This ministry coordinates the sanctuary decorations and flowers as well as our monthly Communion and special seasonal worship services.