Find some helpful resources for elder training, taken from several locations here.

Ruling Elders: A monthly series for spiritual leaders

Ruling Elder Workshops

  • “Serving as Ruling Elder” is a three-session downloadable study that includes key beliefs, polity and responsibilities of ruling elders in the PCUSA.

  • “Ruling Elders as Spiritual Leaders” includes examples of spiritual practices for ruling elders and other spiritual leaders.

  • “Discern and Measure:” According to the Book of Order, ruling elders are ordained to “discern and measure” the fidelity of the congregation to the Word of God and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. A workshop resource helping elders in this role is available here as a PDF and here with the accompanying PowerPoint.

  • “The Ministry of Ruling Elders after Session Service:” A workshop resource assisting ruling elders in their role after service on the session is available here as a PDF and here with the accompanying PowerPoint.

Church Officer Training (PCUSA)
Online Training For PC(USA) Officers
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“Opening Doors to Discipleship”

This is an online series of four courses in the Presbyterian/Reformed tradition to help leaders be effective in their ministries. While the courses are free, an online code is required and can be secured through the PCUSA Office of the General Assembly by emailing

Year of Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons Webinars (click here)

  • Deacon Ministries

  • Parliamentary Procedure for Leaders

  • Discovering our Gifts