Ruling Elder/Deacon Preparation 101
2-5 p.m. Nov. 7 & 21 on Zoom
The Book of Order states that “When persons have been elected to the ordered
ministry of ruling elder or deacon, the session shall provide a period of study and preparation, after which the session shall examine them as to their personal faith; knowledge of the doctrine, government, and discipline contained in the Constitution of the church; and the duties of the ministry.” (G-2.0402)
To assist Pastors and Session Moderators with this period of study and preparation, Susan Sharp Campbell, Associate for Educational Ministry, will be offering a two-part Session Officer Training on Sundays, November 7 & 21, 2-5 p.m. on Zoom. These sessions will build on and connect with each other, so participants are expected to join in both sessions. While this is designed primarily for newly elected elders and deacons, others are also welcome.
The registration deadline is Thursday, October 27. Each participant will need a recent copy of the PCUSA Book of Order that they can use during the training sessions. Advance assignments will be sent on October 28. Handouts and the Zoom link will be shared on Wednesday, November 3. Participants may register as individuals, or whole sessions may register and participate together.
Register below. If you have questions, please contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-667-9428.
Note: For those who have previously attended officer training, Ruling Elder/Deacon Preparation 201 will be offered on Zoom on Sundays, January 9 and 23, 2022. This course will look more in depth at the responsibilities of the session.