Both teaching and ruling elders
were equals, and they appeared to care for what was happening in their territory.
The minister of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, he said: "I am greatly humbled that so many of my colleagues and many ruling elders
have felt they could entrust me with this important responsibility.
Since the move to biennial General Assemblies in 2004, for instance, the two-year commitment of time required of moderators has discouraged some potential candidates, particularly ruling elders
, said Tom Hay, director of operations for the Office of the General Assembly.
and last year we took the mission work away from our deacons and gave it to a new committee under the guidance of our session, or board of ruling elders
Soon after there was a change of The Ruling Elders
in the Great Kirklees.
Using admonition and persuasion to reclaim sinning brethren, these ruling elders
would also join with the pastor to examine and judge the recalcitrants and if necessary suspend them from the sacrament of the Lord's Supper or even excommunicate them.
One example is his analysis of 1 Timothy 5:17-18, in which he argues that the teaching and ruling elders
are separate offices.
The letter encouraged all believers in church-state separation to let their pastors or ruling elders
know that they intend to do the same.
The Record invited me to comment on how things are for women in ministry these days, as we approach the 50th anniversary of General Assembly's decision to admit women as teaching and ruling elders
0401 to allow presbyteries to elect and ordain persons as commissioned ruling elders
In addition to ministers, many Baptist churches had ruling elders
, assistants, exhorters, deacons, deaconesses, elderesses, and evangelists.
The 1966 assembly allowed women to be ordained as ruling elders
as well as teaching elders or ministers).