We Need Your Nominations for Elders & Deacons for the Term beginning 2018

The Nominating Committee is accepting recommendations for developing the slate of candidates for Elders1 and Deacons2 for the next term.

We welcome and encourage your recommendations and appreciate your help in the discernment of spiritual leaders and officers of the church.

Please submit your nominations to Wes Beverlin, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee at Wesley.Beverlin@lewisbrisbois.com OR simply fill out THIS FORM and drop it in the offering plate or return it to the church office.

Thank you for giving careful consideration and time to this very important nominating process. We really appreciate it!

Elders & 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.

1Elders: 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 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. Elders 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. They 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. [Book of Order of the PC(USA) G-2.0301]

2Deacons: The ministry of Deacons 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 distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry. [Book of Order of the PC(USA) G-2.0201]