How Our Church Is Organized
As one of the 10,000+ churches in the U.S. that make up the Presbyterian Church (USA), Faith Presbyterian Church is a member of Mission Presbytery and the Synod of the Sun, two of the regional governing bodies of our denomination.
The board of our local church (we call it a ‘Session’) consists of the pastor and 8 elders who are elected by our congregation to serve for 2 year terms. The Session has the responsibility to guide the work and ministry of our congregation, including the church’s goals, programs, property use, and financial commitments. The work of our church is carried out by three standing committees that utilize the gifts and talents of the members of our congregation- Internal Ministries, External Ministries, and the Building, Administration, and Resources Team (BART).
Whereas most church associations and denominations are led by clergy beyond the local level, it surprises many that the Presbyterian Church is virtually unique in mandating an equal number of pastors and lay leaders (we call them ‘elders’) every time we gather to make decisions. While this takes us longer on deciding some things, we find it helps keep our hierarchy in check.