This page provides resources, contacts and assistance for ruling elders in The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

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Equipping Elders CoverEquipping Elders Resource

This PDF contains the resource Equipping Elders, a compilation of “For Elders” and “Equipping For… Elders” publications that have been produced quarterly since 1997. In most cases the articles are copied directly into this resource; in other instances, they are edited or parts are selected and placed into appropriate sections. It is available for purchase as a binder with hole-punched sheets for $23.

Clergy Resources for Session MeetingsClergy Resources for Session Meetings and Retreats

Clergy Resources for Session Meetings and Retreats is a compilation of session starters and workshops designed to answer common questions about session meetings.

Board of Managers Handbook

This handbook was written primarily for members of the board of managers to help them understand their work in the church. However, ministers and members of Session will also benefit from reading it. The handbook is available for purchase for $8.

Becoming an Elder in the PCCBecoming an Elder in The Presbyterian Church in Canada

This resource has been prepared to provide introductory information about discerning a call to eldership – to discern one’s own call or to nominate others who might be called. The hope is that this resource might encourage readers to learn more about the role of elder and help start conversations about becoming a church elder.

Popular Downloads

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Session Documents

Equipping for… Elders

  • Equipping for Eldership: Ministry Options During Financial Constraint - Download
  • What’s new in the Book of Forms? - Download
  • For Elders - Natural Church Development - Download
  • 2012 General Assembly – What’s new? - Download
  • What’s new from the 2011 General Assembly? - Download
  • The practicing congregation – Imagining a new old church - Download
  • The missional church - Download
  • Term service transitions - Download
  • Taking your church to the next level: What got you here won’t get you there - Download
  • Spiritual community: The renewing of the church - Download
  • Resources for sessions - Download
  • Intercultural skills for ruling elders: Tools for inclusion - Download
  • Growing generosity: Stewardship best practices - Download
  • Electing elders? There is now a new procedure - Download
  • Creating a balanced leadership team - Download
  • Presbyterian questions, Presbyterian answers: exploring Christian faith - Download
  • Equipping for Eldership - Selling Church Property - Download
  • Equipping for Eldership - Church Architecture Committee - Download
  • Equipping for Eldership - Using and Maintaining Church Facilities - Download
  • Equipping for Eldership - CHARGING FOR CHURCH FACILITIES - Part 2 - Download
  • Equipping for Eldership - CHARGING FOR CHURCH FACILITIES - Part 1 - Download
  • Leading with Care - Download
  • Equipping For Eldership January 2017 - Download
  • A Long Weekend General Assembly - Download
  • Human Sexuality and the 2016 General Assembly - Download
  • When a Minister Retires - Download
  • Equipping-For-Eldership_Dec-2015 - Download
  • General Assembly Bits and Bites - Download

What’s On Your Mind?

  • May elders be elected as a slate? - Download
  • What happens to con-ed allowance funds when minister leaves pastoral charge? - Download
  • Can the congregation’s budget be amended at the annual meeting? - Download
  • Does a motion to adjourn need to be seconded? - Download
  • Holidays for ministers, part one - Download
  • Holidays for ministers, part two - Download
  • How do I handle electronically produced session minutes? - Download
  • May congregations or church courts apply for grants from the gaming industry? - Download
  • Review of ministry – part one - Download
  • Review of ministry – part two - Download
  • Trustee liability - Download
  • What happens to continuing education funds when a minister leaves a congregation? - Download
  • What is a trust deed? - Download
  • Why do congregations have trustees? - Download
  • Why do elders need to obtain a police records check? - Download
  • Who May Call a Congregational Meeting - Download
  • May a non-elected elder serve as a representative elder? - Download

Session Starters