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 April 2018
Learning – Session recently spent time reviewing procedures for serving home communion. Teams of deacons and elders go out on communion Sundays to serve shut-in congregants. There is a desire to expand this ministry and plans are being discussed by leaders and ministry teams as to how best to do this.
Planning – Kurt James has been working with session to create planning strategies for the upcoming church wide focus on Invite. Ministry teams are developing goals and plans for communication.
Session has approved a meal packing event through Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). Student & Family Ministries is coordinating this event that will take place in mid-May as part of several events associated with the youth 30-Hour Famine. Trinity plans to pack at least 100,000 meals and raise $29,000 in donations to cover the cost of the food.
Finances – The session voted to allocate the cash flow portion of the 2017 surplus of $74,496 to the Capital Reserves of the church. In January 2017, session approved a project for a new telephone system that was to be paid out to f the Capital Reserve. During construction, this project was expanded to include additional network and infrastructure cabling and a new Wi-Fi system on the campus. The allocation of the surplus to the Capital Reserves will help to offset the additional costs incurred as a result of this project’s expansion.
Session approved the Easter offering for two mission causes, with half going to mission partners Frontiers USA for their Candidates School and the other half going to camperships. Trinity underwrites the cost of camps for a large number of students and they need replenishing every few years.
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