The Session is responsible for the mission and government of First Presbyterian Church. The Session leads the congregation in participation of the church mission. It also leads the congregation to discover what God is doing in the world and plans for change, renewal, and reformation under the Word of God.
The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgement should be chosen for this office.
A list of members of First Presbyterian Church is divided among members of the Board to be contacted several times throughout the year. When there is a difficulty they feel the church or minister should be aware of, they ensure that the information is passed along in a confidential manner when appropriate. The Board of Deacons shall also coordinate receptions and food for families following a death in the congregation.
An eight-member Nominating Committee is formed in order to nominate Elders and Deacons each year to fill three-year terms, fill any unexpired terms, and nominate new congregational representatives to the Nominating Committee for the next year. The Committee contains two active members of the Session, one representative of the Diaconate, and five representatives of the congregation who are not active members of the Session.
A unique committee for congregations without a pastor is a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). This committee is elected by and reports to the congregation. The PNC works with the Presbytery's Committee on Ministry and locates an individual to be the next full time Minister of the congregation.