Our ruling elders do not rule as do the rulers of this world, but are those called by the community to measure the spiritual health of the congregation, its sense of mission, and the movement of God among us. To rule comes from the Latin word, Regula, which even in ancient times referred to a model or pattern for life. Their role is to seek to pattern the life of the congregation after the way of Jesus Christ and they do so by seeking to live their lives in faith.
Our teaching elders, or pastors, are responsible for teaching and preaching the Word of God and ensuring that the way we practice the Sacraments forms us according to the way of Jesus Christ. They are set apart by the congregation (according to Acts 6) for the ministry of the Word so that they can be our chief storytellers - for without those who tend the Story and do so carefully and prayerfully, we believe we will lose our way. They also provide certain administrative functions as established by the ruling elders in order to guide our congregation.
Ministry among our elders is done in partnership, modeling the kind of relationships necessary to be a true community of Christ in our world.
Tout Tou Bounthapanya –South East Asian Ministries