Session is the governing body for our church. The Session has many responsibilities, however the primary task of session is to develop the mission of the church and equip its members in the ministry of Jesus Christ. It is comprised of elders, both women and men, elected and ordained by the congregation. These elders are people who exercise leadership, government and discipline in order to build up the body of Christ at Unity.
Our session includes six elders, which includes the clerk of session and the pastor who is the moderator. Each elder serves for two year terms and a third of the session rotates off of session each year. Prior to ordination, elders are educated in reformed theology, church confessions and church government. The session meets monthly and each member are entitled to a vote, including the pastor.
Each month the session designates an “Elder on-call” to strengthen worship and spiritual growth inside the congregation. This session member is responsible for reading scripture in worship twice a month, begin the monthly session meeting with a devotional and to be a spiritual resource for members of the congregation.
According to the Book of Order on Elder leadership,
“It is the duty of elders, individually and jointly, to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation committed to their charge. Together with the pastor, they should encourage the people in worship and service to God. “---They should inform the pastor and session of those persons and structures which may need spiritual attention. “--- Those duties which all Christians are bound to perform by the law of love are especially incumbent upon elders because of their calling to office and are to be fulfilled by them as official responsibilities.” (BO G-6.0304)