River’s Edge has elders
who provide oversight for the spiritual health of the church. Presently, we have two ruling elders
and one teaching elder
(a ruling elder is a layman called to serve the church by forwarding its vision, giving oversight to its members, encouraging spiritual growth and praying for the body; a teaching elder has those responsibilities, plus the primary calling of proclaiming God’s Word and administering the sacraments). All elders are elected by the congregation and, in so doing, form a representative form of government (hence, presbyterian
). Together, the elders (also called the “session”) work together to implement our vision, encourage spiritual growth in our people, empower people for ministry, pray for the congregation and oversee all the strategic decisions of the church.
River’s Edge also believes that God has empowered numerous others to occupy leadership roles within the church. Not all leaders are elders! We are thankful for the men and women God has raised up to propel the work of the church forward and are always looking for emerging leaders who can take us to the next level. We believe in empowering people for ministry, in deploying teams for a task and in allowing the Spirit to raise up passionate, gifted people for particular callings. We want to value your calling, your giftedness, your personality style and your passion and to celebrate how God is working in your life to do the work of the ministry. At River’s Edge we believe everyone has a role and that every role is vital; and we want to turn people loose to serve in ways that fill them with joy, fill others with thankfulness, and give glory to God.