The Nominating Committee is receiving names of nominees to serve as Elder and Deacon at the church for a three year term in the class of 2024. Please send the name(s) of those in the congregation who you discern may have the gifts of spiritual leadership and compassion to any of the members of the Nominating Committee for consideration. Nominating Committee Members: Cyndy Mamalian, Chair; Jon Davies; Dan Dowd; Julie McMahon, Elder.
Deacon Defined Book of Order G2.02
The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.*
Ruling Elder Defined Book of Order G2.03
Congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt.20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session. When elected as commissioners to higher councils, ruling elders participate and vote with the same authority as ministers of the Word and Sacrament, and they are eligible for any office.*