The Officer Nominating Committee nominates Church Officers (Elders, Deacons and Trustees) by receiving suggested names of members from the congregation, prayerfully preparing a slate of Church Officer nominees, and then presenting the nominees to the congregation for election at a congregational meeting.
BOARDS OF CHURCH OFFICERS: The Session, composed of Elders, as the ruling body of the congregation, is responsible for spiritual and administrative leadership. The Diaconate, composed of Deacons, leads the church in service ministries (the word “deacon” means servant), and the Board of Trustees conducts the corporate and legal matters of the church at the request of the Session.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE: The qualifications for Elder and Deacon are found in Scripture and the EPC Book of Order.
TERMS OF SERVICE AND ELIGIBILITY: Church Officers for these boards are elected for a three-year term of service. After serving one term or two consecutive terms on the same board, a Church Officer is ineligible for re-election on the same board for one year, but is eligible to serve on another board. Two immediate family members may not serve on the Session at the same time, and two immediate family members may not serve on the Diaconate, but one may serve on the Session and the other on the Diaconate at the same time. “Immediate family member” is defined as a brother, sister, wife, husband, child or parent.
PROCEDURE TO SUGGEST NAMES: Members of the congregation are asked to pray about choosing Church Officers and recommend names to the Officer Nominating Committee when requested.