Elders' Institute


6040 Iona DriveVancouverBritish ColumbiaV6T 2E8Canada View Map


$7 Million





(866) 794-8888


The Elders' Institute is a national leadership training program primarily for ruling elders, but open to lay leaders, people in the pews and friends of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. It is a ministry of St. Andrew's Hall, one of the three colleges of the PCC, and is located on the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver. The Elders' Institute offers continuing education opportunities to develop and enhance leadership skills, theology and knowledge of the Presbyterian tradition. Information about our programs is available on this website or by contacting a member of the Elders' Institute team. The Elders' Institute was established in 2000 as a ministry of St. Andrew's Hall, a college of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC), at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. As part of the Reformed tradition, The Presbyterian Church in Canada ordains both teaching elders (also known as clergy and ministers) and ruling elders (elected by the congregation). Ruling elders are the primary decision makers at monthly session meetings at the local church. They comprise half of the voting members at presbytery (regional meetings of the church) and General Assembly (an annual national meeting of representatives from presbyteries). While clergy receive many years of training, ruling elders often receive little or no preparation to fulfil their calling as church leaders. The mission of the Elders' Institute is to offer continuing education through online courses, webinars, workshops and resources (e-sources and print publications) that equip ruling elders and lay leaders to lead the church into faithful, effective and wise ministries and mission work.

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