Presiding Member

A Presiding Member is a Basileian who has been elected to lead a Council in general and also, if the Council has an Executive Team, of the Executive Team in particular. The only time a Presiding Member may properly be referred to as a Head is in the case when it is a Presbyter or Abbot who is the Presiding Member of a Presbyter Council. A Presbyter or Abbot serving as the Presiding Member of a Deacon Council or Missional Council is not exercising headship since these Councils exercise individual governing authority in contrast to collective governing authority.

Also see Council, “Governing Roles of Men and Women in Basileia,” and Head.