Presbyterian congregations are led jointly by theologically educated clergy and also lay leaders who are elected by the congregation and ordained to the biblical office of “Elder.” Men and women who have been ordained may be installed on the church’s governing board called “the Session.”
Session members oversee the entire mission and ministry of a local congregation including worship and pastoral care, faith formation, stewardship of property and finances, personnel, and relationships with other Presbyterian congregations and governing bodies. Lakewood Presbyterian Church’s Session includes 18 elders. The Pastor serves as the Moderator of Session.
Lakewood Presbyterian Church has several committees—we call them “ministries.” Each committee is accountable to the Session and is responsible for specific aspects of the church’s mission and ministry. Each committee has at least one Session member who chairs it.