1 Peter 5:1-3 Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it, not for sordid gain but eagerly. 3 Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock.
The Session (Ruling Elders) Ruling Elders are nominated and elected by the congregation. Men and women serve a three-year term to represent the congregation in the management, alongside the Teaching Elder (pastor), of all aspects of worship, learning, and service at Lafayette Presbyterian Church. Our Teaching Elder serves at the Moderator (Chairperson) of the Session. Once ordained as a Ruling Elder, you are considered an Elder in all Presbyterian (USA) churches around the world. Click on the button to the right to see a list of the current Elders and their committee assignments.
The Personnel Committee works with the Pastor, as Head of Staff, to provide terms of employment and annual evaluations for staff members. This Committee is comprised of Elders, primarily drawn from the Session's Ruling Elders.
The Congregational Nominating Committee selects individuals to serve as Ruling Elders, Deacons, or on special committees. This Committee puts a slate of names forward for election by the congregation. Nominations can be made by individuals from "the floor," as well. Click on the button to the right to read much more about the Nominating Committee.
The Deacons Sometimes referred to as "the Diaconate," this dedicated group of men and women ministers to the congregation in small, assigned groups. Through phone calls, emails, and cards, our Deacons stay in touch with each person's or family's needs and, when appropriate and permissible, share those needs with the Pastor for further care. They also help the congregation stay in touch with church-wide news, events, and needs.
The Deacons invite you to partner with them in ministering to the congregation. A brief visit to those who are in the hospital or confined to their homes is a wonderful way to serve, as is making a phone call or sending a note, card, or email to someone who's been unable to attend worship recently. Call your Deacon to find out how you can help.
In times of joy or need, our Deacons are only phone call away! If you have questions or know of a member with a need for prayer, please call the church at 850.877.4428, so appropriate steps can be taken. You may also contact the pastor at this number if you need the prayers and care of one of our Stephen Ministers