Elders & Local Leaders

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The Elders Meeting

The Elders’ Meeting of the Local Church shall consist of the minister(s) and the elders elected by the Church Meeting.

The Elders’ Meeting shall exercise oversight of the spiritual life of the Local Church.

The elders’ meeting serve its Local Church and represent the whole United Reformed Church to the Local Church.

The Ordination of Elders

For a copy of the promises made at Ordination, see The Manual: Section A – The Basis of Union, Schedule B – affirmations to be made by Elders at ordination and induction.

The functions of the Elders Meeting

There are 12 responsibilities for the Elders of a church, listed in the United Reformed Church Manual.

1. Witness and Service

To foster in the congregation concern for witness and service to the community, evangelism at home and abroad, Christian education, ecumenical action, local inter-church relations and the wider responsibilities of the whole Church.

2. Public Worship

To see that public worship is regularly offered and the sacraments are duly administered, and generally to promote the welfare of the congregation.

3. Pastoral Care

To ensure pastoral care of the congregation, in which the minister is joined by elders having particular responsibility for groups of members

4. Church Secretary

To nominate from among its members a church secretary (or secretaries), to be elected by the church meeting, to serve both the church meeting and the elders’ meeting;

5. Pulpit Supply

To arrange for pulpit supply in a vacancy

6. Roll of Members

To keep the roll of members and (as an aid to the discharge of the congregation’s pastoral and evangelistic responsibility) lists of names of adherents and children attached to the congregation, and in consultation with the church meeting to maintain standards of membership and to advise on the admission of members on profession of faith and by transfer, on the suspension of members, and on the removal of names from the roll.

7. Children and Young People

To be responsible for the institution and oversight of work among children and young people and of all organisations within the congregation.

8. Election of Elders

To call for the election of elders and advise on the number required.

9. Candidates for the Ministry

To consider the suitability of any applicant for recognition as a candidate for the ministry or for service as a CRCW and to advise the church meeting about its recommendation to the synod.

10. Fabric and Finance

To recommend to the church meeting arrangements for the proper maintenance of buildings and the general oversight of all the financial responsibilities of the local church.

11. Wider Church Links

To act on behalf of the church meeting and bring concerns to the wider councils of the United Reformed Church

12. Common Life

To do such other things as may be necessary in pursuance of its responsibility for the common life of the Church.

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