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Elders – Called to Lead

Purpose Statement

Encouraging you to encounter God; to enter into a life-changing relationship with Jesus, and to let the Holy Spirit show you your place in God’s work.


Vision Statement

Our vision is to…

  • Connect across generations
  • Develop disciple-makers
  • Send Christ’s people to bless the world
  • A personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  • A person with a mature and growing (not finished or perfect!) faith.
  • An active member of Columbia Presbyterian church who participates regularly in the life of the church.
  • A person who feels called by God to be a leader of the flock of Jesus Christ.
Elder Responsibilities

To join with other members of Session in overseeing the ministry of the church by:

  1. Assisting in serving the sacrament of Communion.
  2. Inviting God’s presence & leading through
    • Being attentive to God through prayer and study, both personally and as a body.
    • Conversation with members of  the congregation; listening to concerns and recommendations.
    • Envisioning the future of our life and ministry under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  1. Imparting the vision of where God is leading us and who he is calling us to be by:
    • Modeling a ministry that is consistent with our Purpose and Vision.
    • Effectively communicating with the congregation the direction God is leading our community of faith.
  1. Including others in fulfilling the mission and vision of the church by:
    • Encouraging others to respond to God’s call on their life.
    • By creating relational space for their spiritual formation and discipleship.
    • By helping them to discern God’s call for their life.
    • By teaching them to discover their gifts and passions.
    • By equipping them to engage in active ministry.
    • By calling forth, shepherding, and equipping others to serve in various leadership roles within the ministry of the church.
    • By facilitating a team ministry in order to involve the whole body in the life and ministry of the church.
Time Commitment

Service for an active Elder is for a three-year term with a Ministry Team meeting on the second Tuesday of each month and a Session meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  There is also one weekend  Session retreat each year.


An Elder is also expected to spend the relational time needed to fulfill the responsibilities listed above.  An average expectation would be one to three hours a week.


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“A leader (Elder) must be well-thought-of, committed to their spouse, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. They must know what they’re talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. They must handle their own affairs well, attentive to their own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle their own affairs, how can they take care of God’s church? They must not be a new believer, lest the position go to their head and the Devil trip them up. Outsiders must think well of them, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure them into his trap.”

 I Timothy 3: 2-7 (Message, adapted)