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 (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, 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 mission of the Deacons is the care and nurture of the members of Calhoun First Presbyterian Church. This includes calls, cards, and visits in times of sickness and also celebrations such as birthdays and anniversaries. We work with families during times of bereavement to provide necessary food and hospitality during funerals. Deacons also contact each Prayer Family of the Day and serve home bound communion each month to our shut ins.
Martha Ann Haley