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Christ Presbyterian Church, Fairfax Virginia PC(USA) Nominating Committee Inital Pastor's Briefing

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This is a inital briefing given to the nominating committee of Christ Presbyterian Church. The goal of this presentation is to reinforce the need to find qulified Spritiaul leaders not just bodies to …

This is a inital briefing given to the nominating committee of Christ Presbyterian Church. The goal of this presentation is to reinforce the need to find qulified Spritiaul leaders not just bodies to fill open slots. Feel free to use it and make it your own, just give me a little credit somewhere.

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  • 1. Christ Presbyterian Church Nominating Committee 2008
  • 2. What is the Nominating Committee
    • G-14.0201b.      Nominations shall be made by a representative nominating committee of active members of the church, which shall itself include both women and men, giving fair representation to persons of all age groups and of all racial ethnic members and persons with disabilities who are members of that congregation.
    • At least two members of this committee shall be elders designated by the session, one of whom shall be currently on the session  and serve as moderator of the committee.  At least one member of this committee shall be designated by and from the board of deacons, if the church has deacons. Other members of the committee, in sufficient number to constitute a majority thereof (exclusive of the pastor), shall be chosen by the congregation or by such organizations within the church as the congregation may designate, none of whom may be in active service on the session or in active service on the board of deacons.
    • The pastor shall be a member of this committee, serving ex officio and without vote. The nominating committee shall be chosen annually and no member of the committee shall serve more than three years consecutively.
  • 3. What are we doing?
    • 6 Elders (Class of 2011)
    • 5 Deacons (Class of 2011)
    • 1 Trustee (Class of 2011)
    • 2 Nominating Committee Members At Large
  • 4. What are we not doing?
    • Deciding the future direction of the Church
    • Filling Spots
    • Controlling Power
    • 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)
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. An Elder Must Be…
    • G-6.0301     Scriptural Practice
    • 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 share in governing and ministry.
    • G-6.0302     Governmental Responsibilities
    • Elders are chosen by the people. Together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, they exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a particular church as well as the church at large, including ecumenical relationships. They shall serve faithfully as members of the session.   When elected commissioners to higher governing bodies, elders participate and vote with the same authority as ministers of the Word and Sacrament, and they are eligible for any office.
  • 10. Gifts and Requirements Book of Order G- 60106
    • G-6.0106a.      To those called to exercise special functions in the church--deacons, elders, and ministers of the Word and Sacrament--God gives suitable gifts for their various duties.
    • In addition to possessing the necessary gifts and abilities, natural and acquired, 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 governing body of the church
  • 11. Discussion Question on Elders
    • What kind of personal and spiritual characteristics do you think members should have before they are chosen to be elders?
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. Office of Deacon Book of Order G-6.0400
    • The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.
  • 14. The Duties of a Deacon
    • It is the duty of deacons, first of all, 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.
    • They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session,
    • such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession ,
    • reading the Scriptures,
    • presenting the gifts of the people ,
    • and assisting with the Lord's Supper.
  • 15. Supervised by Session Book of Order G-6.0404     
    • As the whole church is under the jurisdiction of the session, the board of deacons shall be under its supervision and authority. The records of the board of deacons shall be submitted to the session at least annually and at other times upon the request of the session. The session may void or amend any action of the board of deacons, or direct the board to reconsider such action.
  • 16. Gifts and Requirements Book of Order G- 60106
    • G-6.0106a.      To those called to exercise special functions in the church--deacons, elders, and ministers of the Word and Sacrament--God gives suitable gifts for their various duties.
    • In addition to possessing the necessary gifts and abilities, natural and acquired, 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 governing body of the church
  • 17. 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
  • 18. Discussion Question on Deacons
    • What does it mean to call the Deacons “the caring arm of the church?”