Elder FAQs

What are elders called to be?

Through the offices of the church (minister of Word and sacrament, elders, deacons, and professors of theology), Christ is represented to the community of faith.

How can elders help new members prepare for baptism and discipleship?

"Catechumenate" is a theological word for a process for bringing adults into faith in Christ and preparing them for baptism and discipleship.

How can elders provide better pastoral care for their congregations?

The place to begin is with elders themselves. How in touch are they with their own spiritual journeys? How often do they ask each other where God is in their lives?

How does a board of elders provide discipline in the twenty-first century?

An entire chapter in the Book of Church Order (BCO) is entitled "The Disciplinary and Judicial Procedures." Circumstances that require church discipline usually do not necessitate the chur

How can elders minister to the pastor?

In a Reformed Church the ministry of elders involves ministry to the ministers and involves both oversight and care.

How can elders minister to people who are sick or dying?

When visiting those who are sick or dying, the important thing is how you listen, rather than what you say.