Being an elder means you are also called to be part of a ‘team’, since an elder is someone who joins with others to form the elders’ meeting of the local congregation.
The functions of eldership in the United Reformed Church have been laid down in the Basis of Union, with the main ones being to foster in the congregation concern for witness and service to the community, evangelism at home and abroad, Christian education, ecumenical action, local inter-church relations and the wider responsibilities of the whole church;to see that public worship is regularly offered and the sacraments are duly administered, and generally to promote the welfare of the congregation; and to ensure pastoral care for the congregation, in which the minister is joined by elders having responsibility for groups of members.
Download: URC's Guide to Eldership
Resourcing Our Elders
8 Areas for Development - Available Now!
Resourcing our Elders new resource materials available now, downloadable from the United Reformed Church website for supporting Elders in their roles and responsibilities.
There is an online feedback form included with the resources so that they can be continually developed through experience.
Download: Resourcing Our Elders