Did you know that the Presbyterian Church (USA) publishes a monthly resource focused on helping ruling elders serve their congregations faithfully? re:RE Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Resource for Serving Faithfully focuses on the call to ministry by ruling elders and the ministry partnership between ruling elders and ministers of the Word and Sacrament.
Ruling elders have responsibilities in the life of the church, especially in the areas of leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This resource both offers a deeper understanding of these responsibilities and helps deepen skills to be a better ruling elder.
The monthly articles can be used individually or can be gathered around a particular topic. Regarding Ruling Elders is a great way for sessions to deepen their understanding of the work of ruling elders and other congregational leaders. It is also suited for use as a part of officer training. Ruling elders can even sign up to receive a monthly email with the latest Regarding Ruling Elders.
This year’s resources are written by Julie Coffman Hester, a pastor and writer in the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. She is inspired by faithful ruling elders, like her parents, and the remarkable disciples with whom she has served in local congregations.
To read the most recent resource, Faith Must-Haves, click here.