PRESBYTERIANISM, a highly organized form of church government in which presbyters or elders occupy a prominent place.
In episcopacy the supreme authority is a diocesan bishop; in congregationalism it is the members of the congregation assembled in church meeting; in Presbyterianism it is a church council composed of representative presbyters.
There are deacons in Presbyterianism inferior in rank to presbyters, their duties being regarded as non-spiritual.
But it shall not be so among you."From the foregoing outline it will be seen that Presbyterianism may be said to consist in the government of the Church by representative assemblies composed of the two classe s of presbyters, ministers and elders, and so p ?'