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Presbyterians believe in voting and elections to make decisions.

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In many Presbyterian churches, elders are chosen from among the congregation or elected. “Ruling elders are so named not because they ‘lord it over’ the congregation, but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern,” says the Presbyterian Book of Order, which guides the structure of the church.

Among its own constitution and beliefs, many Presbyterian churches opt to vote for changes. In the Presbyterian Church USA, the church voted in 2015 to allow gay and lesbian weddings within the church. In 2014, the church had voted to allow clergy to perform same-sex weddings.

In response, some of those decisions have led to divisions, but as Bill Tammeus, a Presbyterian elder writes, “one thing has remained constant, and that is that we have a representative form of church governance. People in the pews have a voice and a vote.”

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