EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN S.A.
(SWISS MISSION IN S.A. FOUNDED IN 1875)

Structure

The structure of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Africa is in three fold, that is, the Parish, representing a or a number of congregations that are governed by one Consistory; the Presbytery,  the body constituted by representatives of the Parishes of a region, the bounds of which have been determined by Synod; and the Synod, the supreme body of the Church consistituted by ministers and evangelists in active service, elders from the Parishes, the General Secretary, the General Treasurer and the Presbytery Treasurers.

The Parish

Christians gathered in one place constitute a congregation and a number of congregations governed by one Consistory constitute a Parish. One of the congregations in the Parish may be designated as headquarters, in cases where there is more than one congregation. 

The control of the Parish is exercised through the Consistory of that Parish, chaired by the minister appointed by Synod in consultation with the Presbytery concerned. The chair of the consistory, that is, the minister, is responsible for reporting to Presbytery on matters pertaining to the Parish in his or her care.

The Presbytery

The Presbytery is the body constituted by representatives of the Parishes of a region, the bounds of which have been determined by Synod. It deals with such matters as are brought before it by the Consistories within its region and serves both the Consistories and Synod. 

Members of Presbytery consists of all workers of the Church stationed within the bounds of the Presbytery; the delegates from Consistories to Synod; representatives of structures of the Church residing within the bounds of the Presbytery; the treasurer of each Consistory within the bounds of the Presbytery; and retired Church workers (who may attend Presbytery meetings as associate members).

The Synod

The Supreme BODY of the Church is the Synod and its decisions are binding on the whole Church. Members of Synod consist of ministers and evangelists in active service, elders from the Parishes, the General Secretary, the General Treasurer and the Presbytery Treasurers. 

The Synod is lead by the Moderator elected from among its members. The Executive Committee of Synod consists of the Moderator, the General Secretary, the General Treasurer. the Chairmen of Finance, Ministerial Training and Church Extension Committees, and two representatives per Presbytery.