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.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ELDERS AND DEACONS
“Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.” – Acts 6:3
“For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine…” – Titus 1:7-9
“Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.” – 1 Timothy 3:8-10
At First Presbyterian Church, we acknowledge the clear pattern of scripture that God calls both men and women into service in the life of the church. As church members, one of the great responsibilities we have is to share with the nominating committee the names of those people whose lives reflect the qualities and characteristics of elders and deacons as clarified in the scriptures. Each year during a specified window of time, we will ask church members to submit names of those they would like to recommend as an officer of the church.