The First Pres Session is the governing body of the church. Session includes Pastors and Elders who are the voting members of Session. Elders are elected by the congregation as ordained officers of the church for three-year terms at the Annual Meeting in the Spring, are ordained in April, and active service begins in May. There are two ex-officio (non-voting) members, the Clerk of Session, and the Executive Director for Operations.
The role of an Elder is to serve as a spiritual overseer of the church, determining church policy, exercising leadership, government and discipline while acting as a shepherd to the congregation, setting an example for all. Serving on the Session, Elders are expected to hold the entirety of the church and its mission and vision along with the other service that they offer. Serving as an Elder is a rewarding and demanding calling that requires Christ-centered commitment, ongoing prayer, humility, and discernment through community. (Click here to download the elder position description including responsibilities and qualifications).
Session generally meets on the third Tuesday of the month. Dates are listed on the church calendar. Meetings are open to congregants. Time is allotted at the beginning of Session meetings for congregant comments if any are in attendance (each guest is allowed 5 minutes, with Session allotting up to a total of 30 minutes for comments). Guests may be required to leave if Session is conducting confidential business. Session meeting minutes are available upon request by emailing email@example.com for individual meeting minutes, or members can be added to the Session minutes email distribution.
Writing to Session
To send comments, questions or feedback for distribution to session members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Elson, Teaching Elder and Session Moderator