The Church Council consists of Pastors, Elders and Deacons/Deaconesses.  Elders and Deacons / Deaconesses are elected by the congregation, usually for a three-year term.  Together with the Pastors, the Elders are responsible for the pastoral oversight of the congregation, while the Deacons and Deaconesses lead the Care team and are responsible for the ministry of mercy and aid to the needy in the congregation, as well as those in the community.