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     The minutes of a special meeting of the congregation held on April 27, 1975 reflect Alexandria Presbyterian Church's conversion to a unicameral board at that time.

     The Presbyterian Church is unique in that it is governed by “ordained persons,” ministers of the Word and elders. Each member of a Presbyterian Church has two distinct rights: 1) the right to elect their own minister, and 2) the right to elect elders to govern them. 

     The Book of Order says, “Elders are chosen by the people. Together with ministers of the Word, they exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibility for the life of a particular church as well as the church at large.” (G 6.0302) Both ministers of the Word and elders are ordained – that is officially admitted to the exercise of their office.

    Much of the work of Session is carried out by committees which include elders, persons from other boards, and members of the congregation at large.These committees are concerned with issues such as Christian Education, Evangelism, Church Officer Nominating, Personnel, Building and Property, Stewardship and Finance, and Worship. Each committee plans appropriate activities and events, proposes a budget to cover these plans, and submits plans and budget to Session for action.

      In April 1975, Alexandria Church moved to moved to a “unicameral board,” which means that the Trustee work is accomplished by the Session.

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