Forest Hill Church Leadership
Learn more about our devoted ministry leaders at Forest Hill.
Our congregation is managed by a Session made up of elders elected by the congregation and all pastors on the staff. Session is responsible for all decisions regarding the program and policies of the congregation, except for two powers reserved for the congregation: the election of officers, including the pastoral staff, and the buying, selling, and/or mortgaging of church property.
Currently, FHC has 21 elders serving on Ministries and Committees. Elders are members of the congregation who are nominated for a three-year term, elected by the congregation, ordained, and installed. Their primary task is to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation. An elder is expected to worship regularly, engage in the life of the congregation, make a financial commitment to the church, develop strong relationships with members and friends of the congregation, develop their own spiritual discipline and live a life consistent with Christian faith. Generally, a third-year elder serves as chair of a ministry and also serves on Session.
These leaders are members of the congregation who are elected to serve on a particular ministry. They attend a minimum of one ministry meeting a month, have all the rights and privileges of membership in the ministry and seek to demonstrate the same characteristics of Christian life and discipleship required of all church leaders. They are not required to attend a monthly Session meeting as are Elders.
Ministries Working Together
Each ministry usually has more than one elder as part of its membership and also has elected leaders. Ministries work in collaboration with the congregation, community, and church staff. At Forest Hill, our ministries, with keywords that describe what their work may be, follows:
Fellowship, hospitality, congregational care, membership rolls
Administration, corporation, building and grounds
Adult Spiritual Growth
Education and leadership development of adults
Family, Youth, and Children
Education and spiritual development of youth and children
Promotion, welcoming, engaging and connecting new persons
Justice and Mission
Global/local issues, community grants, service, and advocacy
Recruitment of elders and elected leaders; diverse representation
Annual campaign, financial education
Worship service planning, sanctuary and chancel aesthetics, communion service, and music support
Each congregation is governed by a Session which is made up of elders elected by the congregation, plus all the pastors on the staff.