The Session at First Presbyterian Church of Westminster
Session members serve for three year terms and session members
cannot serve for more than six consecutive years as required by the Book of Order.
Dr. John Furman is the Senior Pastor and the moderator of the Session. Pastor Paul
is a voting member of Session as well.
The session is responsible for running the business of the church. They meet once
a month on the 4th Tuesday of each month in the Fireside Room.
The majority of the business of the session is performed in committees. One or more
session members are members of each committee, and the Chair Person of each committee
is a session member. The remaining committee members are members of the congregation.
Volunteers are always welcome, and committees also meet once each month.
The pastors of a church are called by the congregation, and they report to the congregation,
not the session. The congregation must annually approve their "Terms of Call" (a fancy
name for salaries and perks). The Senior Pastor is the Head of Staff.
The session prepares an annual budget, hires and fires the staff, and sets local church
policy. Session minutes are confidential but are reviewed once a year by the Presbytery
for completeness and compliance with the Book of Order.