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This PowerPoint slideshow is used to brief the nominating taskforce on the scope and nature of their task. It is intended to focus the work of the taskforce in the direction of identifying spiritual ...

This PowerPoint slideshow is used to brief the nominating taskforce on the scope and nature of their task. It is intended to focus the work of the taskforce in the direction of identifying spiritual leaders called to serve as Elders and Deacons rather than filling a number of spots.

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Christ Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, Virginia Nominating Taskforce Inital Briefing Presentation Transcript

  • 1. 2012 Nominating Committee Initial BriefingPrepared by Rev. Geoffrey J. McLean, Pastor Updated with citations from the 2011-2013 Edition Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • 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? Preparing a slate of officers and nominating committee members for the Session and the Congregation to approve.4 Elders for two year terms(Class of 2015)4 Deacons for two year terms (Class of 2015)1 Deacon for a one year (unexpired) term Class of 20142 Nominating Committee Members At Large
  • 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. From Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers• What is a Spiritual Leader? A Spiritual Leader leads others to seek and do God’s will. God does not call the qualified; God qualifies the called.
  • 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 ofthe people, so the New Testament church provided persons withparticular gifts to sharing in discernment of God’s Spirit and governanceof God’s people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons ofwisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadershipand being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named notbecause they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but becausethey are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelityto 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 haveresponsibilities 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 ascommissioners to higher councils, ruling elders participate and vote withthe 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’sdesire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christin all aspects of life (F-1.02). The council responsible forordination 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 ofordered ministry. The examination shall include, but notbe limited to, a determination of the candidate’s abilityand commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressedin the constitutional questions for ordination andinstallation (W-4.4003). Councils shall be guided byScripture and the confessions in applying standards toindividual 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 DeaconG-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’sdesire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christin all aspects of life (F-1.02). The council responsible forordination 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 ofordered ministry. The examination shall include, but notbe limited to, a determination of the candidate’s abilityand commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressedin the constitutional questions for ordination andinstallation (W-4.4003). Councils shall be guided byScripture and the confessions in applying standards toindividual 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 emailPastor Geoff McLean at pastor@cpcfairfax.org or visit his blog at www.pastor.cpcfairfax.org Works Cited:Spiritual Leadership for Church Leaders Selected To Serve, A Guide for Church Officers Written By: Joan S. Gray Written By: Earl S. Johnson, Jr. Copyright 2009 Copyright 2000 Geneva Press, Louisville, KY Geneva Press, Louisville, KY ISBN-13: 978-0-664-50305-5 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