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Gilwood Session

 

Gliwood Session 

Presbyterian polity is a method of church governance typified by the rule of assemblies of presbyters, or elders. Each local church is governed by a body of elected elders usually called the session or consistory, though other terms, such as church board, may apply.[1] Groups of local churches are governed by a higher assembly of elders known as the presbytery or classis; presbyteries can be grouped into a synod, and synods nationwide often join together in a general assembly. Specific roles in church services are reserved for an ordained minister or pastor known as a teaching elder, or a minister of the word and sacrament.

 

Presbyterian polity was developed as a rejection of governance by hierarchies of single bishops (episcopal polity), but also differs from the congregationalist polity in which each congregation is independent. In contrast to the other two forms, authority in the presbyterian polity flows both from the top down (as higher assemblies exercise considerable authority over individual congregations) and from the bottom up (as all officials ultimately owe their elections to individual church members). This theory of government developed in Geneva under John Calvin and was introduced to Scotland by John Knox after his period of exile in Geneva. It is strongly associated with Swiss and Scottish Reformation movements, and with the Reformed and Presbyterian churches.

 

To lead this congregation in stating its mission, to do long-range planning, to set goals and priorities, and to evaluate its activities in light of its mission and goals.
 

To seek to involve all members of this congregation in worship, learning, witness, service, and support.
 

To oversee and provide for the administration of this congregation to enable it to fulfill its functions and perform its mission.
 

To maintain supportive relationships with the pastor(s) and staff and help them annually to evaluate the fulfillment of their calling or employment.
 

To be examples individually and corporately of the style of life and ministry expected of all baptized persons.
 

To promote a congregational climate of peace and goodwill, and, as differences and conflicts arise, to endeavor to foster mutual under¬standing.
 

To arrange for pastoral service during the sickness or absence of the pastor.
 

To emphasize partnership with the synod and churchwide organization of the Presbyterian Church in America as well as cooperation with other congregations, both Presbyterian and non-Presbyterian, subject to established policies of the Presbyterian Church in America.
 

To recommend and encourage the use of program resources produced or approved by the Presbyterian Church in America.
 

To seek out and encourage qualified persons to prepare for the ministry of the Gospel.

 

Current Church Session Members: 

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Jason Dellnger 

 

          Heather Berry

Jimmy Dellinger

Jason Dellinger

John Blackstone

Matt Love

Patsy Lawing

Danny Hodge

Cliff Mowrer

Mike McGee

Steve Emerson

Shawn Robinson

Rob Sinclair

 

 

 

 

Committee Assignments for 2017 -- Proposed as follows:

 

 Christian Education

Heather Berry  

Shawn Robinson

Worship

Jim Dellinger

Danny Hodge

Fellowship

Cliff Mowrer

Rob Sinclair

Personnel & Finance

Steve Emerson

Mike McGee

Property

Matt Love

Witness, Mission & Congregational Care

John Blackstone

Patsy Lawing

 

 

 

 

 

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