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Welcome to the most recent Equipping For Elders resources!
Book of Forms Changes – 2019
The 2019 General Assembly adopted three amendments to the legislation of the church. This resource is a summary of what has changed.
It also shares a session starter on “Being Part of a Denomination” and answers the question, “What are the primary duties of a clerk of session?”
The Role of the Presbytery
Did you know there are 45 presbyteries within The Presbyterian Church in Canada? Do you know the name of your presbytery? Do you know how many congregations are in your presbytery? This resource explains what the presbytery does and outlines the relationship between presbytery and session.
This resource also contains a session started reflecting on accessor elders as well as addresses the age-old question, “What do I have to tell the presbytery?”
Meaning of Membership
What does it mean to be a member of a congregation within The Presbyterian Church in Canada? Whether it happens when you are an infant or an adult, the answer to that question begins with baptism – one of the most joyful moments in the life of any congregation.
This resource also shares a session starter on “Being Part of the Denomination” and answers the question, “What are the primary duties of a clerk of session?”
Ministry Options During Financial Constraint
As we reflect on the enormous change that has transformed the church since Reformation over 500 years ago, we also realize the Church continues to be reformed. One of the changes of the past few years is the increased number of pastoral charges that cannot afford full-time ministry. This presents a significant challenge for both congregations and ministers. There are a number of options that may be considered in such circumstances, and we hope the suggestions introduced in this resource may stimulate creative ideas and revitalized ministries.
In addition this resource contains a “Do we have a quorum” session starter and an answer to the question, “What is included as ‘utilities’ in a guarantee of stipend?”
Leading with Care
David Phillips is a retired educator who has served his home church as an elder and church school teacher for many years. For the past 13 years, David has been the national office’s “go-to-guy” for the Leading With Care policy. When the policy was initially adopted it was met with some skepticism and confusion. David played a key role in helping the denomination understand the policy and how to apply it. He has visited 44 of our 45 presbyteries to make presentations and field questions. David was asked, “Drawing upon your experience, if you had ten minutes to speak to a session about Leading with Care, what would you say?” Here is his answer.
This resource also contains a session starter on “Being a General Assembly Commissioner” and answers the question, “What does the Committee on Church Architecture do?”
Encouraging Generosity in Ministry
Has your congregation been wondering how to encourage giving? Has “our offering this month is behind budget” become a common refrain? If so, you are not alone. This resource shares some practical tips for how your communications with members, adherents and friends can help build a culture of generosity and increase support for your congregation.
It also contains a session starter around the “Stewardship of Finances” and answers the question “what should be considered when establishing a new fund?”