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.
1 Timothy 3:1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.