“The session and the ruling elders are responsible for providing for the development and supervision
of the educational program of the church and for developing discipleship among members.”
– BOOK OF ORDER, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)
Ministry of Discipleship
In the faith community, we strive to become better disciples of Jesus Christ through spiritual growth, studying the Bible and theology together, and passing on the faith to our children through communal learning opportunities. We are committed to growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ, in learning more about our Christian faith, and in infusing our daily lives with the grace of God in Christ Jesus for all of us. The activities of this Ministry Unit empower and equip us to do that in community with one another through the following teams:
- Adult Spiritual Formation: Responsible for all adult learning and spiritual growth opportunities in the congregation, including adult Sunday School, Wednesday evening Bible studies, studies specific to Liturgical seasons, including devotionals, and any other special short or long term spiritual formation opportunities aimed at adults. Makes recommendations for curricula and consults regularly with the Pastor for Discipleship to determine what new opportunities might be beneficial to the congregation. Makes provisions to ensure that all teachers and Bible study leaders are properly equipped, resourced, and trained for the task to which they have been called.
- Student Spiritual Formation: Plans and implements the spiritual growth and formation of students in Middle School, High School, and College. Makes recommendations for all spiritual growth, fellowship, worship, and service opportunities our Middle and High School students will have, including regular participation in the worship life of the congregation. Coordinate, plan, and implement retreats, mission trips, camps, conferences, and service opportunities, in conjunction with the Director of Student Ministries (when present). Explore and implements opportunities to reach out and minister to students who are in college, either locally or away, including the Food & Friends ministry. Serve as and recruit mentors and chaperones for all activities and seek to invest their lives in the lives of our teenage and college age young people.
- Children’s Spiritual Formation: Responsible for all aspects of children’s ministry from preschool through 5th grade. In partnership with the Director of Children’s Ministry, organizes, oversees, coordinates, monitors, and advertises Sunday School, Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School, Wednesday Evening programs, and any other children’s ministry opportunities, ensuring that curricula, facilities, supplies, and equipped teachers/mentors are available. Additionally, plans special family outings throughout the year to foster community among young families.
- Nursery: Ensures that our nursery is as warm, inviting, and safe as it can possibly be for the young families that entrust their children to our care whenever a church function is being held. In partnership with the Director of Children’s Ministry, ensures that qualified, approved, and trained nursery workers are scheduled to serve the youngest among us.
- Small Groups: When small groups are present and active in the congregation, oversees all aspects of this ministry from registration to communication to curricula to facilitator training.
Library Resources: Oversees and maintains the resources of our theological library and responsible for informing the congregation about what is available for their use.
- Senior Pastor: The Senior Pastor will have primary responsibility for this Ministry Unit, especially regarding adult spiritual formation.
- Associate Pastor/Director of Student Ministries (when present): This person will have responsibility for overseeing and resourcing Student Ministries, working with the Student Ministry Team to design, implement, and coordinate all Student Ministry activities. This person will also take an active role in ministering directly to all students and their families.
- Director of Children’s Ministry: This person is responsible for coordinating and resourcing all Children’s Ministries, working with the Children’s Ministry Team to design, implement, and coordinate all Children’s Ministry activities. This person will be responsible for bringing together people with the gifts and passion for serving our children and their families and for encouraging, equipping, and challenging them to complete short-term and long-term projects with as much passion and energy as possible, while keeping a focus on the larger goal of passing on the faith to our children.