Who Should Serve?
The Book of Order states that "elders should be persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian Gospel, both within the church and the world. Elders serve on committees that implement and oversee the various programs of the church." As for deacons, it says, "The office of deacon is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgment should be chosen for this office. Deacons minister to those in need."