The operation and missions at Highland Presbyterian Church fall under the oversight of three distinct but complementary boards.
The Session is a board of ordained elters that has the broad responsibility for planning and carrying out the worship, mission, and Christian education of the congregation. Session is also charged with the nurture and discipline of the membership and for oversight of employees. Ultimately, every
power or decision not specifically assigned to the pastor or to the congregation comes under the aegis of the Session. This power, however, is always understood in the context of their duty to be the spiritual leaders of the church.
The Board of Deacons are members and ordained to the ministry of mercy and compassion. Their responsibilities typically fall into two categories.
First is the care and concern provided to those in the congregation who are ill, aged, shut-in, or incapacitated in some other way. The Deacons send cards, visit those in the hospital or nursing homes, or provide meals or other services for those who are ill or shut in.
The second portion of their work consists of outreach to those in the community who are in need. The Deacons collect food and supplies for Mason-Dixon Community Services throughout the year, deliver food baskets and gifts to the needy at Thanksgiving and Christmas, prepare and deliver “Sunshine Boxes” to children who have experienced trauma, and support Highland’s own Threads of Hope clothing ministry.
Trustees are elected to oversee the day to day management of our property and financial affairs. They work with the treasurer to make sure that bills are paid and that our building is in good repair. They work with the Session to plan for the annual budget and stewardship efforts.
Highland Presbyterian Church belongs to Presbyterian Church (USA), whose core identity is a secure hope in the grace of God in Jesus Christ, a hope that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, empowers us to live lives of gratitude: “In affirming with the earliest Christians that Jesus is Lord, the Church confesses that he is its hope, and that the Church, as Christ’s body, is bound to his authority and thus free to live in the lively, joyous reality of the grace of God.” (Book of Order F-1.0204)
Our connection to PC USA begins locally with the Presbytery of Baltimore, united in faith as the body of Christ and grounded in the beliefs of the Reformed Church of Jesus Christ. Stretching from the Allegheny mountains to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the Presbytery of Baltimore seeks to encourage, challenge and equip approximately 12,000 members in 65 congregations to thrive spiritually and be apostles of reconciliation.
The Presbytery of Baltimore, in turn, belongs to the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, one of 16 Synods that act as a form of administration between Presbyteries and the General Assembly.
The General Assembly seeks to protect our church from errors in faith and practice, is responsible for assuring that the expression of our theology remains true to the biblical standards in our historic confessions. The General Assembly presents a witness for truth and justice in our community and in the world community. It sets priorities for the church and establishes relationships with other churches or ecumenical bodies.