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

Workers & Elders

The Church employs ministers, evangelists, sunday school and youth leaders as well as organizers of various structures.

The Minister

A minister is an employee of the Church who has undergone theological training, has been ordained and has been given a charge by the Church. The minister plays a role of a chairman of Consistory in the Parish under his or her care. He or she may also be charged by Synod with the supervision and chairmanship of a Consistory in another Parish. A minister is provided for by the funds of the Church, according to the instruction of Synod and supplied with all that is necessary for his or her work.

The Evangelist

An evangelist is an employee of the Church, prepared and educated by the Church, and appointed by the Church Extension Committee to a congregation. An evangelist also has a role to chair meetings of a Consistory when the minister is unable to do so. An evangelist conduct worship, teach catechumens, bury the dead, visit members and do all such pastoral work as is required. An evangelist is also provided for by the funds of the Church, according to the instruction of Synod and supplied with all that is necessary for his or her work.

Other Church Workers

The Church employs and collaborates with other people in various fields of work. Some are the direct responsibility of the Church others are employed by other institutions. Those who are in the direct employ of the Church are supervised by it and provided for by its funds.


The Elders

Elders are communicant members of the Church in good standing, elected by the meeting of communicants to supervise and exercise pastoral functions in the Church. Some of the functions of elders are exercised in the local Consistory, or the Parish Consistory, or Presbytery, or Synod. Elders may also exercise other functions outside the structures of the Church, such as, conducting public worship when so appointed, supervising the supply to the pulpit according to plans, replacing any one unable to fulfil his or her appointment and generally supervising the regular holding of public worship. Elders share in the pastoral care of their parish; demonstrate a spirit of dedication and humility, showing themselves generally to be the servants of their fellows.