Organizational Structure of the Church

The Presbyterian Church is organized as a democratic form of government. Members from within each congregation are elected as spiritual leaders, called Elders and Deacons. They serve defined terms (typically three years) before being elegible for re-election. All members are considered called into diverse ministries of service, but Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders make up the Presbyterian governing body, and may then be elected to serve in either the Synod or national governing body (PCUSA).
Teaching Elders (the churchs' pastors) are responsible for preaching, pastoral care, and general oversight of the congregation.
Ruling Elders share in the responsibility of congregational oversight, with administrative care given to worship, education, stewardship, facility care, and policy management.
Deacons assist with pastoral care, providing a ministry of compassion to members of the church and community who are in need.
The following diagram indicates the organizational structure within our denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA).