Committee on Preparation for Ministry
The Church's ministry is a gift from Jesus Christ to the whole Church. Chirst alone rules, calls, teaches, and uses the Church as he wills, exercising his authority by the ministry of women and men for the establishment and extension of God's new creation. Chirst's ministry is the foundation and standard for all ministry, the pattern of the one who came "not to be served but to serve" (Matt. 20:28). The basic form of ministry is the ministry of the whole people of God, from whose midst some are called to ordered ministries, to fulfill particular funtions. Members and those in ordered ministries serve together under the mandate of Christ. -- G-2.0101
To those Called to be a Teaching Elder
Does your congregation recognize your gifts and talents for ministry?
Do you feel a sense of call to preach, teach, and shepherd the flock of the Church?
If so, take time to read the document below to learn more about what it takes to be ordained as the teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
How to become a Teaching Elder
Each presbytery is given the responsibility to develop and maintain mechanisms and processes to guide, nurture and oversee the process of preparing to become a teaching elder. The document below describes our presbytery's process in preparing one to be a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Beginning Steps
This link will take you to a list of downloadable .pdf forms for use in the process of preparation for the ministry of Teaching Elder. The site also describes each form's place in the greater process. Note that the .pdf forms are fillable, but normally will not save with the added content. They are designed to be completed and printed out before closing. If you experience difficulties downloading the forms, please contact comment below.