The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is governed by councils, which “exist to help congregations and the church as a whole be more faithful participants in the mission of Christ.” The councils of the church are the session, the presbytery, the synod and the General Assembly. The session is the council for the congregation and is composed of ruling elders, elected by the congregation to active service, as well as all installed pastors and associate pastors. The session is responsible for governing the congregation and guiding its witness to the sovereign activity of God in the world so that the congregation is and becomes a community of faith, hope, love and witness. The session’s main responsibilities and powers fall within three broad categories tied to the Notes of the Church: Providing the word of God may be truly preached and heard; Providing the Sacraments be rightly administered and received; and Nurturing the covenant community of Christ’s disciples.
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