What is the Kirk Session?

                                           What is the Kirk Session?

 

From the Church of Scotland website:

"Church of Scotland government is organised on the basis of courts, mainly
along lines set between 1560 and 1690. Each of these courts has committees,
which may include other members of the Church, and at national level employ
full-time staff. Our 
councils and committee pages include more about their work
and remit.

At a local level, the parish, the court is a kirk session. Kirk sessions oversee the
local congregation and its parish, and consist of elders presided over by a minister."


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What is an Elder?

"There is a distinct and peculiar prominence of the elder in Presbyterian
churches,which take their very name from the biblical Greek word translated
as elder: presbyteros.In 1964, immediately after the admission of women to
the eldership, the Church of Scotland stated that "The office of elder is one of
the spiritual offices of the Churchof Scotland and is concerned with the oversight
and pastoral work of a congregation." That simple, neat and accurate formula is
a good way to begin the story of a complex, occasionally controversial, history
and theology underpinning the ministry of eldership in the Church of Scotland."

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The Church of Scotland has produced a booklet Becoming and Elder which you can

read below:

             

                                       

    

You can download the leaflet here.