Current or “ruling elders” are BelPres members chosen to lead alongside our installed pastors in governing, discipline and strengthening and nurturing the faith and life of the congregation. Fifteen ruling elders represent the congregation on the session and serve three year terms, with five elders ‘graduating’ and being replaced each year. Elders function as liaisons between session, departments/ministries, and the congregation. An elder is a person of faith, dedication and good judgment. Their manner of life demonstrates the Christian gospel, both within the church and the world. More information about elders and the selection process is available on the FAQ page here.
Class of 2016
Class of 2017
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Once an Elder, Always an Elder Did you know that approximately one out of every ten BelPres members is an ordained elder? And once ordained, an elder is an elder for life (whether ordained at BelPres or another Presbyterian church).
Life-long elders are called to remain active and embrace God’s call to continued leadership in the church. They are encouraged to be informed and knowledgeable about the efforts of session and to share this information with the congregation.
In order to stay fully informed we have annual meetings and share our session minutes and BelPres and department roadmaps, which let our life-long elders know how we are planning for the year and for our future in a thoughtful, discerning, Jesus-focused way. See below for links to these resources.
Session, Elders and Life-Long Elders
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen Ephesians 3:20-21
Role of Session
The session is responsible for the mission and government of a particular church.
Book of Order 2007/2009 G-10.0102
The role of Session is to lead the congregation in service of God, provide strategic oversight, and be accountable to the congregation for the management of the church in accordance with the Bible*, the Book of Order*, and the Book of Confessions.
Providing oversight and strategic focus of fiduciary and generative responsibilities ensuring that FPCB remains true to its mission and values.
Upholding a vision for the total life of the church.
*Biblical and Book of Order references include, but are not limited to, the following:
Scripture: 1 Peter 5: 2-3, Eph. 4: 12-16, 1 Timothy 5:17, 1 Tim. 3:1-7, 1 Cor. 11:1
Book of Order Part II 2007/2009: G-5.0100, G-6.0300, G- 10.000, W-1.4004
Life-long Responsibilities of Elders at Bellevue Presbyterian Church
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 1 Peter 5:2-3
The life-long responsibilities of ordained elders include:
Spiritual growth, development, and leadership through participating regularly in Christian activities which include, but are not limited to:
- Prayer, both individual and corporate.
- Bible study.
- Acts of service.
- Serving communion.
- Participating in prayer ministries, such as pre-worship service/post-worship service prayer, anointing prayer, and prayer meetings.
- Willingness to serve on strategic task forces, ministry teams, or committees.
- Willingness to be elected to other governing bodies of the church such as Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly.
- Assisting in the reception of new members.
- Remaining active and embracing God’s call to continued leadership in the church.
Deacons are leaders who are committed to the care and encouragement of the congregation. They minister to those who are in need, the sick, the friendless, and to all who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. BelPres has over 200 Deacons who serve the congregation.