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The Way Things Work @ Dayspring

How Dayspring is Organized for Worship, Faith Development, Care, Mission, and Service

org1Overall leadership of the congregation is provided by the Session. The Session is comprised of lay persons called Elders, along with the Minister. There is usually approximately 1 Elder for each 10 households in the congregation. Elders, in addition to their overall leadership responsibilities, have pastoral responsibility for about 10 households each, and most have leadership positions in the various organizations and activities of the congregation.

A Worship Coordinating Team works with the Minister and Worship Arts Coordinator to plan for worship services and occasionally to design special services.

org2A Christian Education Team works with the Church School Coordinator and the Youth/Young Adults Coordinator to plan and carry out programs for children, youth, and young adults. In addition, the minister and others lead adult study programs.

org3The Mission/Outreach Team and the Pastoral Care Unit of the Congregational Life Team, along with teams formed to look after specific projects, ensure that Dayspring is responsive to opportunities to care for others as Jesus cares for us. Our Food Bank Team is a unit of the Edmonton Food Bank, making available to people of the local community the basic essentials of life.  Some of our members have worked with Habitat for Humanity, recruiting build teams from the congregation.  Health professionals on the Pastoral Team assist the minister with the care of persons made vulnerable by illness. And we reach out across the world in mission and service through our offerings given to Presbyterians Sharing and Presbyterian World Service & Development.

Dayspring has always been an extraordinarily hospitable congregation. The Congregational Life Team provides leadership for ministries of hospitality after worship, after funerals, and at other times, and encourages various activities such as those of our Craft Group.

Dayspring has welcomed into our community of faith and care persons from many parts of the world and reaches out far beyond the congregation’s immediate geographic boundaries.  We have reached out to Mexico to build homes in partnership with Live Different and have partnered with the Likomba Presbyterian Church in Cameroon in Mission and Friendship.  Each Christmas we collect gifts for children, participating in Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child. We provide meals for the Edmonton Urban Native Ministry. Our Christmas poinsettias are taken to the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre.


A Human Resources Team works with the Minister to set up hiring processes, to resource staff, and to conduct performance reviews.


Effective Communication

The various teams and activities of the congregation are supported by a 
Communications Team
– which facilitates internal and external communication.

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Almost all of the money required for the running of the building, payment of the salaries of the minister and staff, and support for the many congregational and denominational mission and service initiatives derives from the givings of the congregation – many of whom provide their offering as a monthly preauthorized remittance (that is, they have authorized their bank to transfer the same amount each month to the church’s bank account – in much the same way as they pay some of their household bills). The congregation elects a Board of Managers, which  works with the elected Treasurer and the Offering Envelope Secretary to manage the finances of the congregation.  The Board of Managers also looks after care of the church building which is used by several community organizations for meetings and activities.

Click on the image below for an expanded view of what Dayspring Presbyterian Church, active in ministry, looks like.DPC Tree Image