Officer Training Tools

Coming Alive In Christ

Training for Ruling Elders and Deacons Based on the Constitutional Questions
This resource has been created by the PCUSA for the purpose of providing teaching elders/ministers of Word and Sacrament and other congregational leaders with content to adequately train ruling elders and deacons in their ministries with God’s people. Based on the questions that each of the church leaders affirms when ordained, as found in the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), it is hoped that those in ordered ministries study these beliefs that are central to our lives in faith and in community with each other.

The Coming Alive in Christ curriculum is outlined on the Office of the General Assembly Equip web page linked in the button below. It is a flexible, module-based training with leader guides designed for monthly training or a leader retreat.

The presbytery’s Training Team recorded a demonstration video of how a session might use the training in a 15 minute block of time – perhaps as part of a regularly scheduled session meeting.

Other Links of Interest

Theocademy – Video lessons for all stages of faith formation – a resource by The Synod of Mid-Atlantic

Year of Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons

Regarding Ruling Elders – This series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities of Ruling Elders while also providing an opportunity to reflect upon how they are lived out, including resources that seeks to nurture the spiritual life of leaders. A searchable archive of articles is available at, under “Resources for Ruling Elders”.

10 Things Ruling Elders Should Know – a Presbyterian Outlook article

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