The Session of a Presbyterian church consists of Teaching and Ruling Elders. The Ruling Elders are elected by the Congregation and undergo training in Scripture, Church Government, Doctrine, and Roles of the Deacon and Elder. It is the belief of this church that the position of Elder is a Calling, and is not to be entered into lightly. Generally, the Elders are called to serve the spiritual needs of the church. As shepherds and pastors of the flock, they must demonstrate mercy and compassion.
The Diaconate of a Presbyterian church consists of Deacons. The Deacons are elected by the Congregation and undergo training in Scripture, Church Government, Doctrine, and Roles of the Deacon and Elder. The Calling of Deacon is that of service, as well, and is not to be considered a stepping stone or training for Elder. Generally, Deacons are called to serve the physical needs of the church both corporately and individually. They must demonstrate gifts of service, mercy, helps, leadership, and administration as they care for the needy, handle funds on behalf of the congregation, and take care of the church property.