New resources equip ruling elders to be spiritual leaders
Helping ruling elders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) function as spiritual leaders in their congregations is the focus of a series of monthly articles set to premiere in mid-April. Titled Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Spiritual Leaders, the series is free and will be available online in three languages: English, Spanish, and Korean.
“Ruling elders are part of the spiritual leadership of the church,” says Martha Miller, manager for ruling elder ministries and educator certification in the PC(USA)’s Office of the General Assembly, who is overseeing the project. She envisions the articles as resources to enable elders to fulfill that responsibility.
Miller says she hopes the new focus on spiritual leadership will help ruling elders understand how “being an elder is different from serving on a nonprofit board.”
The new series builds on a previous series of articles titled Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Serving Faithfully. Posted monthly for the past three years, those articles focused on providing elders with practical tools for polity and governance. They will still be available in an online archive, Miller says.
“We really covered the topics well, and the articles are not time sensitive,” Miller says. She notes that three years is the typical term on session of a ruling elder, so beginning a new series at the three-year mark is a “good transition.”
Articles in the previous series were written by various authors. All of the Spiritual Leaders articles—for the first year, at least—will be written by the Reverend Dr. Diana Nishita Cheifetz, a spiritual director in Alameda, California, whose clients include pastors, seminary students, and other church leaders.
First ordained as a ruling elder and then as a teaching elder in the PC(USA), Cheifetz has served …(click here for the entire article!)
**For further Information about the new series as well as archived articles and other resources for ruling elders is available at pcusa.org/rulingelders.**