Presbyterian Church (USA)

First Presbyterian Church of Salina is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The PC(USA) has a membership of 1.6 million in all 50 states and Puerto Rico with nearly 10 thousand congregations and worshiping communities.

Presbyterian church government emphasizes that leadership of the church is shared between those called to be ministers and church members called to be elders within the congregation. The body of elders elected by the people to govern a particular congregation is called a Session. Together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, they exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a particular church as well as the church at large. For more information, visit their website.

All activities of FPC Salina, including programs and personnel, are subject to the guidance, review and control of the Session. The Session is organized into committees that carry out the work of the church. The FPC Board of Trustees are responsible for the management of property, maintaining the church’s building and grounds and providing regular review of financial records.

The session is the smallest, most local governing body. The other governing bodies are presbyteries, which are composed of several churches; synods, which are composed of several presbyteries; and the General Assembly, which represents the entire denomination. FPC Salina is a member of the Presbytery of Northern Kansas, and the Synod of Mid-America, which is comprised of the six presbyteries in Kansas and Missouri. For more information, visit their websites.

selecting church officers

Each year, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church selects a Nominating Committee. Unlike any other committee at FPC, the Nominating Committee is responsible to the congregation and not to the Session. The Nominating Committee is tasked with the work of finding and nominating congregation members to the Session, Deacons and Trustees of the church.

The Nominating Committee, as its primary focus, is to present a slate of names to the congregation that represents the demographics of the church to ensure that all have a voice in the direction of the church.

The Nominating Committee is made up of two elders, one of whom is the chair, one deacon, one trustee, and five at-large members of the congregation to serve a one-year term. This group of members is elected by the congregation to do the work, and, when complete, the names of members nominated by the committee are presented to the congregation at a Congregational Meeting.