The Arden Presbyterian Church session has established committees, normally chaired by a member of the session and populated by member of the congregation, to serve the church and community in many ways. Below is a partial list of current committees.
Diaconate: The deacons of Arden Pres fulfill one of the two Biblical offices of the church (the other being elder). As such they are not technically a committee. Like the elders, theirs is a perpetual office and are elected by the congregation. Their ministry is one of sympathy, service and stewardship. They serve the church through oversight of the mercy ministries of the church, as well as all matters related to the church grounds and buildings. It is their responsibility to encourage the membership in the faithful stewardship of all their resources (time, talent, and treasure).
Ad Hoc Admin committees: These committees serve the session and are constituted by the session on an as-needed basis. Once their function is complete, they are dismissed. Often they are constituted to support the Senior Pastor in the management of the administrative and personnel affairs of the church, to search for a new employee, or to handle a discipline case.
Assimilation: Chairman: Craig Sheppard. This committee serves visitors, regular attendees, and members of Arden Presbyterian Church through the introduction and integration of believers into the Arden church family. This is done specifically through providing an “on-ramp” to the church through follow-up of visitors, maintaining the welcome center, overseeing the First Touch ministry, helping foster fellowship on Sundays, and providing opportunities for introduction to other church members, officers, and staff.
CE/Children’s Ministry: Chairman: Steve Jennings. Description: This committee serves Arden Pres through assisting the various ministries of the church in the development, organization, and implementation of the Christian Education ministry of the church, including Women’s ministry, Sunday School, catechism, and nursery ministry.
Evangelism and Outreach Committee: Chairman: Craig Sheppard. This committee serves Arden Pres through assisting the pastors in the cultivation of a heart for the lost in the Arden Church membership, and providing regular training opportunities for the Arden congregation in the various methods of evangelism, as well as the development and implementation of local opportunities for evangelism and outreach. They are also tasked with the strategic development and implementation of both a foreign and domestic missions philosophy and plan. Specifically they receive requests and disseminate missionary financial support, host an annual missions conference, continually increase the congregation’s understanding and participation in world missions and outreach (especially that of Mission to the World), and recommend short-term missions opportunities, both domestic and abroad, to the session and congregation.
Fellowship Group Committee: Chairman: none. This committee serves Arden Pres through the development, implementation and encouragement of the small group ministry of the church. Their goal is to see the Arden church family grow in relational knowledge and love for one-another.
Finance: Chairman: Duncan Dorris. This committee serves Arden Pres through overseeing the financial resources of the church in coordination with the Deaconate and respective committees. They seek to maintain a financially responsible relationship between the church budget, cash flow, and the current needs of the church. Specifically, they are tasked with annually collecting budget requests from each committee, proposing the annual budget to the session, assembling and implementing the new budgets, and monitoring up-to-date monthly financial reports. The Committee also oversees an annual audit of the Church financial records and insures that the congregation is updated regularly on the general financial health of the church.
Shepherding Committee: Chairman: John Dean. This committee serves Arden Pres through establishing and maintaining the shepherding ministry of the church, which is done primarily through the elders. They assign new families to the various shepherding elders (both active on the session, and not), keep this and the membership list up-to-date, and help hold the elders accountable to their shepherding responsibilities.
SuperSaints: Chairman: Monty Baker. This committee serves Arden Pres through overseeing our ministry to the older members of our congregation. They organize and host the monthly SuperSaints luncheon (7 times per year), arrange for visitation of aging members, and maintain a list of Arden home-bound members.
Worship: Chairman: Tony VunCannon. This committee serves Arden Pres through assisting the Senior Pastor in maintaining weekly corporate worship that is God-honoring, body-edifying, and faithful to the regulative principle of worship. They also plan, present to session, and implement plans for special seasonal events (such as Christmas and Easter events) and oversee the policies governing the use of the worship facilities of the church (i.e weddings, funerals, etc.)
Youth: Chairman: Dean Robinson. This committee serves Arden Pres through assisting the Youth Pastor in the strategic development and implementation of a youth ministry that prepares our covenant children for life in the church and life in the Kingdom. Specifically they seek to develop an understanding in each child of a Biblical/Christian world and life view, an understanding of the scriptures, a discipline of personal Bible study and devotion to Christ, a knowledge of the gospel and how to present it, and an understanding of the doctrines of our faith through catechesis. This ministry ministers to the youth from rising 6th grade through college.