Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
The session of Ridglea Presbyterian Church calls the congregation to meet on Sunday, November 20, 2016, in the sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 worship service for the purpose of acting upon proposed amendments to our congregational bylaws. In accordance with Article XVII, the full text of the proposed changes is attached for your review. Please note the changes begin on page 3, with the text to be added underlined, and the text to be deleted
In addition, please find below a list of “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding the changes to be voted upon. As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to speak with any member of the session.
Your servants in Christ,
The Session of Ridglea Presbyterian Church
|Class of 2016||Class of 2017||Class of 2018|
|John Little||Cary Dorman||John Godwin|
|Kathy Severson||Tom Sisolak||Martin Cleworth|
|Zim Zimmerman||Brett Wyatt||Marsha Dueease|
|Debra Lee||Nancy Marchant||Ivey Ramsey|
|Sara Riley||Susan Maxwell||Lynne Payne|
|Andi Ferreira||Ken Kibler||Jerry Rottler|
|Rev. Ryan Baer, Moderator Jane Sisolak, Clerk|
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What changes are being proposed?
- gradually changing the number of elders on the session from nineteen to twelve elders,
- changing the quorum for a duly noticed meeting of the session from 60% of the elders to a simple majority,
- slightly modifying the way the session staffs its committees.
Q: What is the session?
A: In our Presbyterian way of being the church, the congregation elects from among its active membership women and men to lead the church as ruling elders and teaching elders (pastors). Together, these elders make up the church’s governing council, called the session. With the exception of items explicitly reserved for the congregation in the Book of Order, the session is responsible for discerning the will of Christ for Christ’s church. At present, Ridglea’s session is made up of 19 elders divided into two classes of six and one class of seven, and each class serves a three-year term. The session annually elects an elder to serve as clerk, and the installed pastor is both a voting member and the moderator of the session.
Q: Why reduce the size of the session?
A: As the congregation enters into a unique phase of its life in the years to come, it will become even more vital for the session to do the hard work of spiritual discernment and to exercise spiritual leadership for the congregation. With more than 20 people gathered around the session table, it’s possible to manage tasks and give reports, but it’s difficult if not impossible to do the heavy listening work that is required for spiritual discernment. In addition, our congregation has marked 59 deaths in less than 48 months, and consequently, our pool of active members eligible to serve has been diminished by nearly 15%.
Q: How would this change be accomplished?
A: At present, the congregation elects classes of six elders per year, with an option to elect a youth elder to a one-year term. If the congregation approves these changes, instead of electing classes of six we would begin electing classes of four. Therefore, in 2017, the session would be made up of 16 elders (two classes of six and one class of four) in 2018, it would be 14 elders (one class of six and two of four), and in 2019, it would be 12 elders (three classes of four). As always, the bylaws can be amended by the congregation at its discretion.