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.

Nominating Committee

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 and Deacons 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, 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.

FPC's 2023 Organizational Changes

A task force was implemented to study what kind of structure would fit FPC the best. After the needs were reviewed, Session approved the following:

  • Continue to have Session, Deacons and Endowment Committee.
  • Combine Finance and Stewardship.
  • Combine Worship and Memorial.
  • Combine Adult Ed and Children, Youth & Young Adult to be named Faith Formation.
  • Replace Trustees with Building and Grounds Committee (B&G). B&G will include two elders and five members-at-large. This committee will have a passion for FPC's physical plant to serve without a limit on terms.
  • Officers and committee members commit to two-year terms instead of three-year terms.

Board of Trustees

Trustees take care of the building and grounds of the church, as well as monitoring the financial status of the budget.


Deacons have been described as the heart of the church. Deacons possess a caring and understanding nature and are willing to devote time outside of worship to build one-on-one relationships with those in need. 

2022 Committees of the Session

As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provide persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God's spirit and governance of God's people. Accordingly, Presbyterian congregations elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, who have demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. 

  • Adult education

    Plans & coordinates adult education & other events. Promotes discipleship. 

  • Children, Youth & young adults

    Oversight of all ministry involving children & youth. Promotes contact and engagement.

  • Memorial

    Coordinates the appropriate use of memorial gifts. 

  • Personnel

    Oversight of employees, serves as the liaison to the Session for employees except for pastoral staff.

  • Social Justice & Mission

    Allocates 15% of annual income for Mission purposes. Plans mission opportunities for FPC. 

  • Stewardship

    Promotes good stewardship & coordinates annual campaign. 

  • Worship

    Oversight of all worship & music.