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Elders Association
Presbyterian Church of Australia
in the State of NSW
PO Box 2196 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
www.elders.pcnsw.org.au
 

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What is  the Elders Association
   
The Elders Association is a fellowship group of elders of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in New South Wales.  It usually meets only once a year, at the NSW General Assembly in July and seeks to strengthen the role played by elders in the courts of the church and to keep them informed of developments taking place inside the Church that may affect their role in serving Christ, the King.
It operates as a recognized interest group within the church and its constitution is found in Section III of the Code (or law catalogue ) of the Church, Rules E1.01 to E1.08.

What are its Objects?

  • To promote closer acquaintance and fellowship among elders
  • To keep elders informed of the significance of Assembly business
  • To confer on matters affecting the spiritual welfare of the Presbyterian Church in NSW.
  • To further generally the extension of Christ’s work and kingdom.

Who are its Members?
Membership is open to all elders of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in New South Wales. Effectively all that is required is attendance at the annual meeting.

What is the Elders Association aiming to achieve with this web-site?
   This web-site aims to provide a link between elders across the state of New South Wales. As well as providing updates on developments within the church it seeks to provide an information base to educate new elders or develop more experienced elders in the performance of their office and provide a reference point when questions or problems arise.

Meeting Times
     The Annual Meeting  of the Elders Association is required to be held on the Monday of  Assembly Week at 4.00 p.m.

 

The Elder in the Presbyterian Church

     The Eldership is an office unique to the Presbyterian Church, despite the fact that the title elder is shared with other denominations of the Christian church. 
The minister and the elders share the pastoral care of the people of the congregation. To the Ministry belongs custodianship and teaching of the Word of God while the elders supervise and promote the fruit of the teaching of the Word of God. Both ministers and elders are people recognized for their leadership ability and spiritual maturity. Normally only ministers may celebrate the sacraments but there is provision for elders to do so, in exceptional circumstances, when ministers are unavailable.
Elders come from all walks of life and have been elected to office after showing over years of experience that their Christian faith is relevant and successful in the day-to-day affairs of life. They are elected to office by the congregation and hold office for life. There is an importance in the fact that the congregation must recognize the gifts of both ministers and elders before they can be ordained or inducted.
In partnership with the minister, the elders meet as  the Session, a court which has executive, pastoral, legislative and, occasionally, judicial responsibility in the local parish. Together they assist the minister in the celebration of the sacraments. Individually they lead in various fields in church life, and at times they make pastoral visits to  members. They also represent the parish in the higher courts of the church.
Elders who transfer between parishes retain their ordained status as elders but do not transfer directly onto the Session of their new congregation. They are still obliged to wait until the congregation recognizes their leadership abilities.   

Using this Web-Site

The bulk of this web-site consists of textual information aimed at developing church elders who are truly leaders in their communities, people recognized as being of practical faith, love and compassion.

Though written with elders of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in the State of New South Wales in mind, it may be that the contents are perceived as being of use to others in the Reformed tradition.

Feel free to download pages for personal or group study. It would be appreciated if an email message can be sent acknowledging use, together with any constructive comments.
 
   
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