The offices of minister and elder come together at various levels of the church. The Apostle Paul wrote to his disciple Timothy, “Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the presbytery laid their hands on you’ (1 Tim. 4:14). Here the presbytery recognized Timothy’s gift and ordained him to use it. Likewise, the Council of Jerusalem was composed of apostles and presbyters who worked together to combat false teaching in the broader church (Acts 15). Following these examples, Presbyterian churches are interconnected from the session (local government) to the presbytery (regional government) to the general assembly (denomination-level government).
An interconnected church loves God and our neighbor by submitting itself to broader accountability. At the local level, Sovereign Grace is governed by session of Covenant of Grace in Sugar Grove, IL. At the regional level, we are part of the Presbytery of the Midwest. And at the denominational level, we are part of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). Orthodox means “straight thinking” and describes the foundational truth of the Bible. Presbyterian describes our faithful heritage that proclaims the gospel of sovereign grace. Church describes our family of Christ’s followers, a home where people find grace week after week.