The Session, which is the governing body of the church, is made up of thirty-seven Elders (the translation of the Greek word presbyteros). The Session is responsible for the whole life and ministry of Fourth Presbyterian Church. The Session’s goals are currently focused on shaping faith, building community, serving others, and stewarding resources.

Particular responsibilities include receiving new members; leading the congregation in mission; providing for worship and the administration of the sacraments—baptism and communion—offering educational programs, pastoral care, and fellowship opportunities; and challenging the congregation in its stewardship of time, talent, and financial resources.

Several committees oversee these responsibilities and report to the Session.