Menlo Church Governance
We believe the Church is the community through which God wants to bring love, healing, growth, and eternal life to the human race, and to which he invites everyone to follow Jesus. Menlo Church is one church in many locations, pursuing our mission to bless the Bay Area for Jesus through a transforming relationship with Christ and authentic community with each other. We are part of the denomination ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO) and, in keeping with our Presbyterian heritage, our congregation elects elders to govern the church. Comprised of nine elected elders and the senior pastor, the Session (the name of our governing board) has responsibility and authority for governing the congregation and guiding its mission for Christ in the world. The Session works closely with staff leadership and represents the congregation as a body across all campuses, to provide oversight and governance of the church’s ministry, spiritual health, long-term strategy, finances, and administration.
Responsibilities of Session
Menlo Church is committed to pursuing its mission as a church with God-honoring love, zeal, and excellence in all that we are and do.
The Session’s key responsibilities are to provide leadership, governance and guidance by:
- Providing spiritual oversight
- Shepherding the flock
- Discerning, planning and strategizing
- Overseeing church management