Glossary of Terms

The ministries and business of the General Assembly are conducted primarily through Permanent Committees, Boards, and Commissions. In addition, Special Committees may be formed to address specific areas of concern or emphasis. Committee membership generally is limited to Ruling Elders and Teaching Elders, with the exception of:

  • Next Generation Ministries Council, which may have up to six non-ordained members who have particular expertise or experience in Christian Education, student ministry, or college ministry and who are active members of EPC churches.
  • Women’s Resource Council, which is open to any woman who is an active member of an EPC church.
  • World Outreach, which may have up to two non-ordained members with particular expertise or experience in world missions, and who are active members of EPC churches.

Terms are normally for three years, and an individual may serve two consecutive terms on the same committee followed by at least one year off.

Descriptions and a list of the members of all Permanent Committees is available at www.epc.org/committees.