How our church is governed
As a church of the Presbyterian Church of Canada, St. Andrew's is "governed" in a particular way. The Greek word, Presbuteros means "elder" and this is where we get the word Presbyterian: we are ruled by elders.
As one family under the lordship of Jesus Christ, we organize ourselves based on eldership. We believe it is necessary to organize ourselves so that we can provide pastoral care, teaching, and service, "decently and in good order". See 1 Corinthians 14:40 for more on decency and order!
Teaching Elders (usually the minister) and ruling elders (elected by the congregation) share in the care and oversight of the ministry of Christ at every level of the church.
At St. Andrews', our Session, which is made up of elected ruling elders and the minister, is responsible for every aspect of our lives and ministry together, including: pastoral care, worship, Christian Education, stewardship (of gifts, finances, and property), and mission.