How Dayspring is Organized for Worship, Faith Development, Care, Mission, and Service
Overall 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.
A 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.
The 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.
The various teams and activities of the congregation are supported by a
Communications Team – which facilitates internal and external communication.