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Elders seek to have a strong faith, a willingness to wrestle with important questions, and a passion for the church. Elders are the spiritual leaders of the congregation who together, along with the pastors, seek to both serve and lead the church, while remaining deeply connected to the guidance of the Spirit. At their meetings, elders pray for the congregation, seek God’s guidance and wisdom through discussion and study, and conduct the necessary business of the church. As part of their ministry elders serve on one Committee or Task Force providing leadership and ensuring that committees and Session remain connected. During their three-year term, elders are responsible for ensuring the church is living out its Core Values and Vision, even as they discern together through prayer and study what new things God is calling the church to do.
Deacons extend hospitality and minister to those who are in need, expanding the circle of caring at Westminster to include any who may be in distress both within and beyond our community of faith. The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. During their two-year term deacons plan and implement meals for the congregation; provide funeral hospitality; pray weekly for those in need; visit home bound members; and help with the nuts and bolts of Sunday morning. In their quarterly gatherings, through prayer, study, and discussion, the board of deacons seek the guidance of the Spirit as they work ensure everyone connected to our congregation experiences the love and grace of God.