The name Presbyterian comes from the New Testament Greek word presbuteros meaning “elder” and refers to the practice of choosing leaders and advisors from spiritually mature and wise members to lead and direct the congregation’s ministry. The body of elders elected to govern a particular congregation is called a session. Through ordination they are officially set apart for service. Women and men are elected by the congregation to seek to discover and represent the will of Christ as they govern. Together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, they exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a particular church. The Session is divided into a number of committees that fulfill the ministry of the church.

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