A Message from the Nominating Committee
Nominations Requested – Ruling Elders and Deacons
This past Sunday, our Congregation elected Jason Bliss, Jeff Figueroa, Judy Kisla, Debbie Miller, and Stephanie Williams to the 2017 Nominating Committee, joining Brady Lum, Chair and Tricia Downing, Vice-Chair representing Session, and Ed Carwile, representing the Board of Deacons. The Nominating Committee asks your help in identifying qualified leaders to serve on the Session and Diaconate.
On Being a Deacon
Book of Order Guidance: G-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 distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.
Being a Deacon is a wonderful call to service. Deacons are the “servants” or “caregivers” of the congregation. In our congregation, people have all kinds of needs – they are recovering from surgery, grieving, lonely, ill, or otherwise in a time where they welcome the ministry of care from our congregation. In a very real way, Deacons are the hands and heart of the Church in our ministry of caring. Serving as a Deacon of Central Presbyterian is a privilege and a blessing. It is also an opportunity for spiritual growth and fellowship. As a deacon, you are given the opportunity to know other church members in a deeper way, serving alongside them and growing in your understanding of the burdens people carry and how the church can help.
On Being a Ruling Elder
Book of Order Guidance: G-2.0301 Ruling Elder Defined
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. Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they 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. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, 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. When elected as commissioners to higher councils, ruling elders participate and vote with the same authority as teaching elders, and they are eligible for any office.
Being a Ruling Elder within the Presbyterian Church is a high calling, a unique opportunity to offer servant leadership to the congregation, and an experience of spiritual growth. During a three-year term, Ruling Elders can learn and grow in understanding through their service on committees, attendance of Presbytery meetings as commissioners, and attendance of a two-day retreat each year.
Electing Deacons and Ruling Elders is both a privilege and a responsibility as members of Central Church. Please pray about those whom you think God is calling to the next class of Ruling Elders and Deacons and let the committee know your nominees by clicking here to access the nomination form. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 26. The slate of officers will be voted on at the Congregational Meeting on March 26.