There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. I Cor 12:4-6
It takes many people for a church to function well. The Session is the administrative head of our church. The Deacons are responsible for ministering to our congregation and the community. Members of Session and Deacons are elected for 3-year terms - one-third of each body being elected each year.
The “Diakonia” (deacons) of the church is one of the oldest offices and traditions in the New Testament. It was established when the disciples began to see that the ministry was an overwhelming task without further developing leaders in this new community. Therefore the disciples said to the church, “Pick out from among you seven individuals of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint these duties.” The duties given to them were caring for the widows, the poor, the sick and others who needed special care. Our deacons at First Presbyterian Church have carried on this tradition of caring established in the first church. To honor this responsibility we have organized ourselves to fulfill the following duties:
Supporting the Ongoing Life of the Church
Development of a budget to support the ministries of the church.
Development of a “Shepherding Program” so that every member of the church
has a deacon who cares for them.
Assist the Worship Committee on preparing and serving the Lord’s Supper.
Supporting the Ongoing Needs of Community
Development of benevolent program which supplies money, certificates and food to those who need assistance.
Visit the sick in hospitals and surrounding care facilities.
Send cards and letters to individuals who have had a loss or significant event happen in their life.
Provide food cards to members of our community who need assistance.
Development of “Special Needs” program to visit and care for those who are housebound or in care facilities.
Supporting Emergency Needs of the Church
Provide financial assistance to those who have found themselves in hard times.
Provide transportation to medical facilities or other places in which members need to go for assistance.
Provide meals to those who have returned from the hospital or have just lost a significant other in their life.
Provide memorial receptions and personal care for those planning funerals for their loved one.
This committee's main duties are conducting an annual stewardship/generosity campaign, recommending the balanced annual operating budget to Session, and reviewing and reporting to Session the monthly financial reports.
Administrations is also responsible for effective management, maintenance, use and acquisition of property, facilities and equipment. These costs include service contracts (pest control, custodial uniforms, tree service, etc.), the repair and maintenance of the church's mechanical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, overall maintenance of the church (paint, custodial equipment and supplies, grounds equipment and supply) and the costs of utilities (electricity, gas and water).
The mission of the Christian Education committee is to glorify God through Christian education for the purpose of fostering Christian faith and commitment, nurturing spiritual growth, and developing servant-leaders. We accomplish this by providing diverse, biblically based programs and learning opportunities. We seek to develop individual’s spiritual gifts, to grow the faith of our church community through the Holy Spirit, to nurture knowledge in Jesus Christ, and to serve God. Christian Education includes Sunday school, adult education, library, Kidz Klub, Vacation Bible School, Youth Group and children’s nursery.
The Communications Committee responsibility is to further the growth, vitality, and mission of the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon through timely and relevant communications and though activities which include but are not limited to the following:
Oversee the use and development of effective communication tools, including but not limited to, the church website and social media;
Identify opportunities through which church events may be communicated and advertised to both the congregation and the surrounding community;
Provide tools and support to assist in effective, coordinated calendaring of church activities;
Assist leaders of church committees and programs with promotion of events upon appropriate request;
Seek opportunities to effectively market the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon to the surrounding community.
The committee plans and provides events that give members and guest opportunities to socialize and nurture friendships within the church. The committee works with other church groups and committees to plan events of a fellowship nature. Planning includes set-up and clean-up of the kitchen and of Richardson Hall. Maintaining and equipping the kitchens and making supplies available are also part of the responsibilities. In addition, the Committee organizes Sunday morning refreshments including the scheduling of assigned servers.
Membership and Fellowship
This committee is responsible to oversee the visitors and membership on Sunday mornings. This includes finding ways to make people feel welcome and follow-up on those who worship with us. This also includes such things as, registration forms, the patio presentation, maintaining worship attendance records, and facilitating the ease of worship as people enter our church. The committee works with the Deacons to reach out to members and visitors who have come to us for spiritual growth.
The Church in Mission Committee seeks to discover the mission needs and opportunities within God’s community and provides support, funding and volunteer time to many worthy causes to promote God’s love through service. See the LIFE page for information about missions we support.
The Personnel committee is responsible for hiring staff, providing equitable compensation for staff and evaluating the staff to ensure that, within the financial means of the church, the staffing levels are appropriate in accomplishing the ministry and mission of First Presbyterian Church.
The Worship Committee oversees all activities and groups that are involved in creating the worship experience at First Presbyterian Church. This committee coordinates the services and events that comprise all aspects of worship including the following:
Music: Promote the program of music throughout the church through participation in adult, youth and children’s choirs and instrumental groups.
Ushers: Recruit, train and supervise ushers at all services of worship except weddings, ensuring a cross section of the church is involved.
Flowers: Manage the flower calendar for worship, and special events like Easter and Christmas.
Weddings/Memorials: Along with Pastor, meet with individuals planning events, oversee and direct all events held at FPC.
Sanctuary: Keep the Sanctuary and Narthex current, clean and appointed for worship and special services.
Communion: Obtain and prepare communion elements and arrange for the elders serving communion. Clean and put away items used.
Sound: Maintain and operate all sound equipment; recruit, train and schedule lay people to operate the equipment at various services.