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A briefing used to begin our Nominating Task Force work. It outlines what they task force is charged with doing, including the theological and ecclesiastical concerns. Appropripriate passages from ...

A briefing used to begin our Nominating Task Force work. It outlines what they task force is charged with doing, including the theological and ecclesiastical concerns. Appropripriate passages from Scripture, the PCUSA Book of Order as well as selections from "Selected to Serve" and "Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers." help to lead the nominating process.

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Christ Presbyterian Church, Fairfax Nominating Task Force Briefing 2014 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. 2014 Nominating Committee Initial Briefing Updated with citations from the 2013-2015 Edition Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Prepared by Rev. Geoffrey J. McLean, Pastor
  • 2. What is the Nominating Committee  Ruling elders and deacons are men and women elected by the congregation from among its members. The nomination and election of ruling elders and deacons shall express the rich diversity of the congregation’s membership and shall guarantee participation and inclusiveness (F-1.0403). Ruling elders and deacons shall be nominated by a committee elected by the congregation, drawn from and representative of its membership.  Congregations may provide by their own rule for a congregational nominating committee, provided that the committee shall consist of at least three active members of the congregation, and shall include at least one ruling elder who is currently serving on the session.  The pastor shall serve ex officio and without vote.  When elections are held, full opportunity shall always be given to the congregation for nomination from the floor of the congregational meeting by any active member of the congregation. A majority of all the active members present and voting shall be required to elect.
  • 3. What are we doing? 5 Ruling Elders  Bill Gilchrist (1 term)  Mark Murphy (1 term)  Atai Nyambi (1 term)  Nancy Jones (1 term) 4 Deacons  Kathy Thomas (2 terms)  Gail Harvey (1 term)  Jill Westeyn (1 term) 2 Nominating Committee Members At Large Preparing a slate of officers and nominating committee members for the Session and the Congregation to approve.
  • 4. What are we not doing? We are NOT deciding the future direction of the Church We are NOT filling spots We are NOT controlling Power We are NOT trying to answer the question: “Who will take the job?” rather we are looking to answer the question “Who is God calling to serve in this office?”
  • 5. What is an Elder The office of Elder is the oldest active office in the church. As the Apostles founded new churches they appointed Elders to lead the church. In the Old Testament they were wise old men appointed to rule over the city In the New Testament it is used to describe Jewish leaders.
  • 6. An Elder Today Is Called To…. Encourage the congregation in the worship of God. Equip the church for Mission in the World. Comfort and Care for the sick with special care for the poor and oppressed. Actively serve the higher level governing bodies of the church
  • 7. From Selected to Serve In the local church, the session- with the exception of certain rights and privileges granted to the congregation and the pastor- has virtual oversight of all spiritual, educational and practical activities of the church. (Pg 7) From Spiritual Leadership For Church Leaders “Yet Elders and Deacons if present, are still the backbone of any Presbyterian church, and few churches rise far above the level of leadership of their lay leaders” pg ix
  • 8. A Spiritual Leader leads others to seek and do God’s will. From Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers God does not call the qualified; God qualifies the called. • What is a Spiritual Leader?
  • 9. The Session Is Not… A training ground for new members or new Christians, for gossips or people who want to control others; elders must be those who are spiritually and psychologically mature and are more concerned for the health of the church and the work of God’s kingdom then they are for their own positions or reputations.
  • 10. An Elder Must Be… G-2.0301 Ruling Elder Defined As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to sharing in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, 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 teaching elders, 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 teaching elders, and they are eligible for any office.
  • 11. Gifts and Requirements Book of Order G-2.0104 a. To those called to exercise special functions in the church—deacons, ruling elders, and teaching elders—God gives suitable gifts for their various duties. In addition to possessing the necessary gifts and abilities, those who undertake particular ministries should be persons of strong faith, dedicated discipleship, and love of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel in the church and in the world. They must have the approval of God’s people and the concurring judgment of a council of the church.
  • 12. b. Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life (F-1.02). The council responsible for ordination and/or installation (G.2.0402; G-2.0607; G- 3.0306) shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation, and suitability for the responsibilities of ordered ministry. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Councils shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates.
  • 13. Discussion Question on Elders What kind of personal and spiritual characteristics do you think members should have before they are chosen to be elders?
  • 14. Deacons The title deacon come from a word with roots in Greek history, diakoneo. In its most basic from it can mean “to serve,” “to wait on table,” “to be slave.” It is this concept that the early church adopted to describe the function of the compassionate, caring arm of Christian mission.
  • 15. The Duties of a Deacon G-2.0201 Deacon Defined 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 distressed. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.
  • 16. Supervised by Session G-2.0202 Under Authority of the Session Deacons may be individually commissioned or organized as a board of deacons. In either case, their ministry is under the supervision and authority of the session. Deacons may also be given special assignments in the congregation, such as caring for members in need, handling educational tasks, cultivating liberality in giving, collecting and disbursing monies to specific persons or causes, or overseeing the buildings and property of the congregation. Deacons shall assume other duties as may be delegated to them by the session, including assisting with the Lord’s Supper. (W-3.3616). A congregation by a majority vote may choose not to utilize the ordered ministry of deacons. If the congregation has neither a board of deacons nor individually commissioned deacons, the function of this ordered ministry shall be the responsibility of the ruling elders and the session.
  • 17. Gifts and Requirements Book of Order G-2.0104 a. To those called to exercise special functions in the church—deacons, ruling elders, and teaching elders—God gives suitable gifts for their various duties. In addition to possessing the necessary gifts and abilities, those who undertake particular ministries should be persons of strong faith, dedicated discipleship, and love of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel in the church and in the world. They must have the approval of God’s people and the concurring judgment of a council of the church.
  • 18. b. Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life (F-1.02). The council responsible for ordination and/or installation (G.2.0402; G-2.0607; G- 3.0306) shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation, and suitability for the responsibilities of ordered ministry. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Councils shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates.
  • 19. From Selected to Serve Deacons perform a very necessary function in the Presbyterian Church and represent the heart of what it means to be a Christian
  • 20. Discussion Question on Deacons What does it mean to call the Deacons “the caring arm of the church?”
  • 21. Christ Presbyterian Church 12410 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway Fairfax, Virginia 22033 www.cpcfairfax.org For more information on Christ Presbyterian Church or this presentation please email Pastor Geoff McLean at pastor@cpcfairfax.org or visit his blog at www.pastor.cpcfairfax.org Works Cited: Spiritual Leadership for Church Leaders Written By: Joan S. Gray Copyright 2009 Geneva Press, Louisville, KY ISBN-13: 978-0-664-50305-5 Selected To Serve, A Guide for Church Officers Written By: Earl S. Johnson, Jr. Copyright 2000 Geneva Press, Louisville, KY ISBN-10: 0-664-50165-6 The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Part II The Book of Order 2011-2013 Published by the Office of the General Assembly 100 Witherspoon Street Louisville, KY 40202-1396