The Role of the Session
The Session of Neelsville Presbyterian Church (NPC) consists of the pastor(s) and ruling elders.
The Biblical model of leadership is probably best characterized in the phrase “servant leader.”
Just as Christ didn’t come to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28), the role of the elders is
to be servant leaders as they oversee and shepherd. A ruling elder is a member of Neelsville
Presbyterian Church who has been elected by the other members.
The role of the Session can be divided into the two primary capacities of oversight and
shepherding. Oversight means they have a fiduciary responsibility on behalf of the
congregation to ensure accountability of the church to implement its mission, vision, and
values, as well as to provide appropriate legal and financial controls and accountability.
Shepherding means they minister alongside the pastor(s) to provide for the spiritual care and
nurture of NPC members and regular attendees.
Would you like to talk with an Elder? Please call the church office 301-972-3916.