Explaining Two Mysteries of “Presby-Speak”
Some of you have asked what an Elder is, and what he/she does. Over the years, there have been a great many changes in the PC(USA) Constitution’s second volume, The Book of Order. You may not realize that, when many of us older folks were growing up, only men could be Presbyterian Elders, and those men stayed in office for the rest of their lives, just like most of our U.S. Supreme Court justices. Also, only men could be pastors. Women were first ordained as PC(USA) pastors, beginning in 1953 with the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown’s own Reverend Margaret Towner, here in Lehigh Presbytery. The rules have been changed, so that younger people, busy people, and women may serve as our leaders—thanks be to God!
Whether ordained or not, all church members are ministers in the Presbyterian Church, USA. If the Nominating Committee of our church calls you to run for the office of ruling Elder or Deacon this fall, please prayerfully consider serving in a leadership position for the next three years. If you are elected, and you agree to take office in 2014, many more mysteries of the PC(USA) will be revealed to you!Blessings,
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