Central to the Presbyterian tradition is leadership by members of the church, men and women elected by the congregation for particular kinds of service. The Presbyterian Church ordains men and women to the three offices that are reflected in the New Testament and have consistently been recognized by later generations of Christians - that of minister, elder and deacon.
Ruling Elders (“presbyters” in Greek, hence “Presbyterian”) are members of the congregation elected for a period of active service (usually three years), but ordained to the office for life. Together, the sitting elders comprise the Session, the governing leadership body of the congregation.
Deacons are also members of the church elected for a period of service (also usually three years), and ordained to the office for life. The sitting deacons comprise a Board of Deacons. Individually and as a board, deacons are called to the work of service and compassion, both to those within the congregation and beyond, to all who are in special need.
In addition to these three ordained offices, The Brick Presbyterian Church also elects trustees to act as fiduciary officers of the church, managing the property, the endowment fund, and, with the session, the general finances of the congregation.
Nomination and Election of Officers
Ruling elders, deacons and trustees are nominated to the congregation by the All-Church Nominating Committee and are normally elected by the congregation at its annual meeting in the Spring (April or May).