What Does it Mean to Serve on Session?

The Session is the governing board of each individual church. Here at Shallowford, our session consists of 12 elders (or leaders) to govern the 12 active committees that makeup Shallowford Presbyterian Church (committees listed below). To become an elder, you must serve a three-year term on Shallowford’s Session. At Shallowford, Elders come in all shapes, sizes and ages. The term Elder has nothing to do with a person’s age. Session includes a balance of women and men whose ages range widely from 17 to 78. Shallowford also has a Youth Elder.

Presbyterian Church USA Book of Order
Shallowford’s Expectations of Ruling Elders

Key Actions from January 2019 Session Meeting

  • Approved the December 2018 membership report, totaling 1,066 active members.
  • Approved the 2018 Session Annual Statistical Report.
  • Approved the baptism of William August DeBragga, son of Stephanie Kurtz DeBragga and Brian Kirkland DeBragga, on February 17, 2019, during the Service for the Lord’s Day, the Rev. John M. Semmes to officiate.
  • Elected elder commissioners to the February 9, 2019, stated meeting of the Presbytery, at which Bradley Kibler will be examined for ordination as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament: Chuck Achuff, Brad Bryant, Marla Lang, and Monica Hollingsworth.
  • Reviewed the December 2018 preliminary financial results, which reflected operating income of $201,707 ($13,655 under budget) and operating expense of $260,517 ($66,192 over budget). Net expense for the month, including Special Offerings, was $60,883 ($91,920 over budget).
  • Approved the amended Ministry Information Form (MIF) submitted by the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) for the Senior Pastor position.
  • Called two Congregational Meetings, one to call Bradley Kibler as Associate Pastor for Youth and Program Ministries (January 27, 2019) and one to approve changes to the terms of call of the Associate Pastor for Mission and Discipleship (February 24, 2019).
  • The Church in Atlanta Task Force reported that our neighbor church is in the early stages of exploring the possible sale of their property. The task force will continue to explore ideas.

Officers 2018-2019

 Officers of the Church 2018-2019