Leaders

In the Presbyterian tradition, a particular congregation's authority and leadership come from its people, rather than from individuals or groups set apart for that purpose. Presbyterians are called by God through the recognition of their gifts by their fellow members, and they serve in ordained ministries of leadership for a specified period of time before other members are called to leadership.  Together with pastoral staff, three kinds of leaders — Elders, Deacons and Trustees — seek to discern what God would have the church be and do.

Presbyterian ministries of leadership:

Elders (presbuterai in the Greek of the New Testament) — Elders are members who are nominated and elected to serve on the Session (board).  In every Presbyterian congregation, Elders who together make up the Session are the congregation's authoritative body and exercise leadership, government and discipline in Christ's name and on behalf of the church.  The Elders' primary responsibility is to nurture and oversee the spiritual life of the congregation and its members.  Thus each Elder works on at least one ministry team focusing on PCUM's worship life, educational ministries, service programs and stewardship of the physical, financial and spiritual resources that empower this ministry and keep us faithful to Jesus Christ.

Deacons - "The ministry of Deacon (diakonia) as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress." (Book of Order, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A, G-2.0201) At PCUM, the ministry of the Deacons is to direct the community's attention to the needs of those who are vulnerable, provide hospitality to all God's people, offer pastoral care to members and friends through visits, correspondence and delivering flowers to homebound and hospitalized.

Memorial Endowment Fund (MEF) Trustees — MEF Trustees are called to exercise fiduciary responsibility on behalf of the congregation for the financial resources that are invested in PCUM's Memorial Endowment Fund.  Together with the Session, which exercises authority over additional accumulated funds and the church's annual ministry budget, MEF Trustees safeguard and strengthen this congregation's present and future.