What Presbyterians Believe
“In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth praying, ‘Come, Lord Jesus."
—From “A Brief Statement of Faith”
At the core of Presbyterian identity is a secure hope in the grace of God in Jesus Christ, a hope that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, empowers us to live lives of gratitude: “In affirming with the earliest Christians that Jesus is Lord, the Church confesses that he is its hope, and that the Church, as Christ’s body, is bound to his authority and thus free to live in the lively, joyous reality of the grace of God.” (Book of Order F-1.0204)
This strong emphasis on the grace of God in Jesus Christ is our heritage from the founder of the Reformed tradition,
Any member or friend of Trinity can serve on a committee as the spirit moves to serve the church and be the hands and feets of Christ in the world.
Building & Grounds
Oversees property and building, providing for safety, maintenance, supervises custodian work.
Provides for the Christian education and spiritual formation of Trinity members.
Community Life & Outreach
Coordinates special community life events such as speakers, retreats, social gatherings, etc. Provides outreach through publicity, community events, greeter training, visitor follow-up and new member connections.
Mission & Action
Oversees the mission partners of Trinity by communicating with them, educating the congregation, sending financial support, encouraging prayer support, coordinating events and fundraisers to educate and involve the congregation.
Stewardship & Finance
Oversees Trinity’s financial accounts, budget, mortgage and expenditures. Provides accountability for the work of the treasurer and financial secretary through an annual audit. Provides for a Stewardship Campaign, raising awareness and pledges for the following year.
Works with pastor and music staff to coordinate and plan special services, sanctuary décor and flowers, coordinate/train ushers, lay liturgists, communion servers.
Deacons & Elders
Deacons and Elders are elected leaders who are ordained and installed to their elected ministry. Individuals must be members of Trinity in order to be elected to the offices of Deacon or Elder.
The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office. It is a ministry of caring; a ministry of love; a ministry of compassion; and a ministry of prayer, and community service.
Being Presbyterian elder is a high calling, a unique opportunity to offer servant leadership to the congregation, and an experience of spiritual growth. The Presbyterian Church Book of Order defines the role of a ruling elder and the qualifications of those called to serve in this capacity.