Greetings from the 2018 Officer Nominating Ministry Team:
On a continuing basis there are three classes each of Elders and Deacons serving the church in various capacities. Each year one class completes its three-year term and another class is elected. The Officer Nominating Team chooses nominees for the new term through a process that includes prayerful consideration. An important part of the process is to give all members of the congregation the opportunity to suggest names of men and women considered qualified for service. The Officer Nominating Team has the responsibility of developing a final list of nominees.
The Officer Nomination Form provides information about the offices of Elder and Deacon and space for names you would like to suggest. Scriptural references are included. Also provided is space for comments about the reasons for your suggestions. Specific areas serving as a guideline for comment are listed, and your comments can be very helpful. You are encouraged to nominate yourself if you feel led to serve as Elder or Deacon.
Please pay special attention to consideration of those members who have not previously served as an officer. We don’t want to miss the opportunity to identify potential new leaders in the church! Additionally, the form includes a request for you to suggest names for service on next year’s Officer Nominating Ministry Team.
The deadline for submission of nominations is Sunday, May 20, 2018. The team’s final list of nominees will be presented to the congregation for election on Sunday, August 26, 2018 and the new three-year term for the Class of 2021 will begin in January 2019. The form lists several ways to submit your suggested names and comments. From Sunday, May 6 through Sunday, May 20, forms and collection boxes will be available at the church, or you may submit your nominations online here.
In previous meetings of the Officer Nominating Ministry Team, it was said that identifying nominees for office is “Kingdom work.” Rest assured that the 2018 team also takes the role seriously. We hope you will be led to take part in this process.
To His Glory Alone,
The 2018 Officer Nominating Ministry Team
Mims Rogers, Chair
What are Deacons & Elders?
The role of the Deacons in the church is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Their primary focus is to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. As described in the Book of Acts, deacons will oversee care of the people, stewardship of the congregation, and the maintenance and administration of church property.
Qualifications: Deacons should be of honest reputation, sincere, tested, temperate, compassionate, and with strong spiritual character. They should be full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom.
References for prayer: Acts 6:3-6, I Timothy 3:8-13
The role of the Elders in the church is to exercise leadership, government, and discipline, and to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation. Their responsibilities include encouraging the people in the worship and service of God; equipping the people for their tasks within the church and for their mission in the world; visiting, comforting, and caring for the people; and cultivating their own ability to teach the Bible.
Qualifications: Elders should be persons of strong faith, dedication, and good judgment, capable of leadership and vision. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel, both within the church and in the world.
References for prayer: Exodus 18:19-21, I Timothy 3:1-10, Titus 1:5-9, I Peter 5:1-4