I. A PCC (Princeton Christian Church, NJ) Elder shall be a helper and adviser to the Pastoral Staff in the following areas:
a. Spiritual teaching;
b. Supervision of the Church ministries;
c. Administration of the Church ordinances; and
e. As assigned by the Senior Pastor, to officiate the communion and baptismal service.
f. The Elders shall carry out all pastoral functions in the absence of the Pastor.
g. In case the position of Senior Pastor is vacant, one of the Elders (active and inactive) shall be elected by Board of Elders and PCC ordained pastors, and recommended to Elder-Deacon Board for confirmation, with three-Fourths majority vote, and announce to the congregation, to act as the Interim Senior Pastor until the Senior Pastor position is filled (note: In case the number of Elder Board is less than two in office, the fill of the vacancies shall follow IV (c) of Terms of Elders.)
II. A PCC Elder shall have the following qualifications:
a. The PCC Elder has to be a current PCC member of good standing at least for five years and be elected and ordained by PCC (PCC ordained Elder); the transferred members who were Elders from other churches will not be automatically PCC Elders.
b. The Elders shall possess the qualifications as specified in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-3. They are expected to manifest a mature and growing spiritual life.
c. The Elder has held the office of Deacon Board at the PCC for at least one term within past 6 years.
d. A PCC Elder and his family members must be PCC members or associate members and commit themselves to serve in PCC and attend her worship and activities as priority and willing to serve as a PCC Elder.
III. Ordination of Elders:
a. The elder board should be composed of the Senior Pastor and the PCC ordained active Elders. If recommended by the Senior Pastor it can include PCC ordained pastor(s) who is/are suggested by the Senior Pastor and confirmed by all Elder board members. The numbers of Pastoral staff in Elder board should be, at most, equivalent to or less than the numbers of ordained Elders in office.
b. Initial Elder(s): The Elder member(s) of initial Elder Board will be nominated by the Senior Pastor and proceed to the Deacon Board for review and approval. After the approval of the Deacon Board, the nominee(s) should be recommended to general assembly for confirmation. Three Fourths of confirmation vote of presented congregation is required to finalize the election of the initial elders of PCC.
c. After initial Elder Board is formed, the Elder nomination committee is to be composed of the Senior Pastor and Elders in office. A Candidate of Elder shall be nominated by the Elder nomination committee. The Elder nomination committee shall be Senior Pastor and all active elders.
d. Based on the need of ministry, the number of addition of new Elder(s) shall be initiated by the Senior Pastor and unanimously agreed by Board of Elders. The Elder nomination committee will proceed to recommend new elder candidate(s) to Elder-Deacon Board for review and approval with three-Fourths majority vote. The approval process will be consistent with the III. (f).
e. Should the results of the review and the interview of candidate(s)’ couple (s) be satisfactory and approved by Elder-Deacon board, the Elder-Deacon board shall jointly recommend the nominee(s) to the General Assembly for confirmation.
f. The candidates shall be announced from the pulpit for at least two Sundays immediately preceding the date of confirmation. A three-Fourths majority of presented members’ confirmation vote (including the confirmation votes of absentee ballots arranged before hand) shall be required before the ordination can be materialized. Voting shall be by ballot. The absent member can cast the confirmation vote through absent voting ballot.
IV. The terms of Elder
a. An ordained Elder shall serve as an Elder of PCC for a term of three years. An Elder may be re-nominated for any number of times. However, after serving two consecutive terms, the Elder shall not be eligible for re-election until after a lapse of one year as an inactive Elder.
b. The number of active members in office of Elder board shall be plural.
c. In the event of less than two members in Elder Board due to various reasons, the vacancies shall be filled by Deacon(s) or inactive elder(s) as interim Elder(s). The candidate(s) shall be nominated by the Senior Pastor and concurred by the Elders in office; and reviewed and approved by the Elder-Deacon Board with three-Fourths majority vote. The official ordination of interim Elder(s) to be Active Elder(s) refers to the section III (e) and (f) of Ordination of Elders.
V. Generally, the decision making in Elder Board should be unanimous. The moderator of Elder Board will be served by Elder members in taking turn base with 2 years per term.
VI. Dismissal of Elders:
a. Should an Elder exhibit improper behavior, and/or fail to carry out the responsibilities entrusted to him, or engage in activities contrary to the Bible, two or more members may submit a signed petition to the Senior Pastor, who presides the Elder board, to request an investigation into the matter.
b. An investigation committee comprising a PCC ordained Pastor and a representative from each of the Boards of Elders and Deacons and Trustees shall be formed. The committee shall notify the Elder in question in writing of such investigation. Results of the investigation shall be conveyed to both parties in writing.
c. Should the matter found to be true and constitute grounds for dismissal of the Elder, the Boards of Elders, Deacons and Trustees shall jointly review the report of the investigation. Upon agreement by a two-third majority of it, the joint Board shall request the resignation of the said Elder and it shall make valid termination of said office. Should the matter turned out to be unfounded, the Elder shall remain as PCC Elder. And the investigation result shall be clearly communicated with the reporting members, and if there are intentional false accusations found it shall be handled in accordance with discipline of members as 1 Tim. 5:20.
g. 假如主任牧師的職位空缺,將由長老團及由PCC按立的牧師，推選出所有長老中的一位(現任及卸任)並推薦給長執會去印證，得到四分之三多數的同意後，向會眾宣佈成為代理主任牧師，直到主任牧師的的職位填補為止。 (注意：假如現任長老團少於兩個，其空缺的填補，請參照第四條長老任期C項)。
a. PCC長老必須是PCC現在的會員，其为会员至少五年以上，有好名聲，依程序推選出來並被PCC按立而成为的 (PCC按立的長老)。從別的教會轉過來的會員，虽曾任以前该教会長老、並不會自動地就成為PCC長老。
b. 長老必須具備提摩太前書3:1-7、 提多書1:5-9及彼得前書5:1-3所列舉的條件，他們應彰顯成熟及成長的靈命。