What is a "Presbyterian" Church
In the earliest "Greek" manuscripts of the New Testament "presbuteros" means "elder" and refers to the practice (dating back to the time of Moses in Exodus Chapter 18) of choosing leaders and advisors from among God’s people. Presbyterians are Christians whose churches are founded on this Biblical concept of democratic governance under the Word and Rule of God. The Presbyterian denomination is a form of Christianity democratically organized to embrace Biblical faith common to Christians throughout the ages and throughout the world.
Duly elected representatives of the congregation appoint church governing bodies. Each local church has a "governing body" called the "Session." (This includes the ordained pastors, and elders – all elected by the congregation).
The Session oversees the worship life and care of the church and the:
Session - or local governing body