The Session is our church’s governing body. Our PC(USA) heritage provides for a complex but efficient process for governing. Central to the organizational structure of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is the concept of governing bodies of which there are four types: sessions of particular churches (11,097); presbyteries (173); synods (16); and the General Assembly (1).
ELPC’s Session consists of the pastor, associate pastors, and elders in active service. This group discusses and decides on all business matters of the church, and it has responsibility for the budget, mission giving, and property of the church.
The Session meets regularly to review committee reports, receive new members into the church, to make provisions for congregational worship and the sharing of the sacraments (communion and baptism), and to provide for the educational and spiritual growth of its members.
The Session is comprised of 25 Elders, divided into three classes, each serving three year terms. The Greek word “presbuteros” means “elder,” and it is from this church office that our Presbyterian denomination takes its name. (For more information on what it means to be an Elder, read PC(USA)’s page.)
For more information about ELPC’s Session, or by phone, (412) 441-3800 x23, or Heather Lawrence, the Clerk of Session, (412) 441-3800.