Elders are called to discern God’s will and direction for our church. As the heads of various ministry teams, elders work with members in the congregation and other Trinity staff to see through Trinity’s day-to-day operations, programs, ministries, missions, and finances. Elders gather once a month for a formal Session meeting and are committed to their area of ministry for three years. For a brief description of each team’s responsibilities and the elders serving on that team, click on the links at the right.
Session Update January 2018
Trinity’s session recently held their annual retreat at the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. Staff and elders spent time working on the next initiative in Trinity’s vision frame, which will focus on an “Invite” theme. It was a productive time of fellowship, engagement, and idea sharing.
Each year the session elects Trinity’s Corporate Officers. The following elders will serve for 2018: John McAlpine – President, John Marder – Vice President, David Morse – Treasurer and Julie Turner – Secretary. Julie will also continue as Clerk of Session for 2018. The positions of treasurer and clerk of session are one-year positions elected annually by the session.
Overall, 2017 was a strong year for Trinity, with worship attendance and membership moving up 1%. Giving in December was at a record level, for which God and our faithful congregation are to be deeply thanked. This generous outpouring allowed our church to end the year with a balanced budget and to generate a surplus of approximately $76,000. Overall giving to the Two Steps Forward campaign in 2017 totaled $1,019,000. This has allowed construction on campus to continue without the need for tapping into the session-approved bank line of credit as of yet.
Pastors Steve Miller and Ron Oldenkamp along with elders Jamie Brown, Leslie Day-Ebert and Jeff Herrmann served as delegates to the ECO Gathering and Synod meeting in Houston, Texas during January. Along with hearing inspiring speakers and participating in meaningful worship, the delegates voted on changes to the Book of Confessions. Going forward, ECO will call this book the Confessional Standards and it will contain the following confessions: The Nicene Creed, The Apostles Creed, The Heidelberg Catechism, The Westminster Confession and Catechisms and the Barmen Declaration. The Scots Confession, the Second Helvetic, the Confession of 1967 and a Brief Statement of Faith which were all part of the PC(USA) Book of Confessions originally adopted by ECO at its founding will not be a part of ECO’s Confessional Standards.
Session meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month, with occasional exceptions. For a complete copy of the minutes of a session meeting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.505.6254 x102.