Training for Ruling Elders and Deacons Based on the Constitutional Questions
This resource has been created for the purpose of providing teaching elders/ministers of Word and Sacrament and other congregational leaders with content to adequately train ruling elders and deacons in their ministries with God’s people. Based on the questions that each of the church leaders affirms when ordained, as found in the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), it is hoped that those in ordered ministries study these beliefs that are central to our lives in faith and in community with each other.
A note about style for the leader:
With content on the major themes of each question, sections were written by a variety of ruling elders and teaching elders from across the PC(USA). While each includes their voice and perspective, it is hoped that you make each one your own. As you train the leaders of the congregation, add connections to your own congregation and community. Use the content here as a jumping off point and enhance it with your knowledge of those with whom you serve.
Discussion questions are provided periodically within the content of each session. Use those provided, questions of your own, or those found within the prepared leader guides (located below the Resource Material) in communications with church leaders.
Additional resources are included in many of the sessions. These can be made available for those who want to go further in their study or can be added to the session content for the group.
Versions of this resource in Spanish and Korean will be available at a later time.