Nominating Committee Requests Suggestions for Elders – Class of 2024
Any active member of our congregation may suggest other active members to the Nominating Committee to be considered for a nomination. A suggestion does not constitute nomination. However, your suggestions are essential to the work of the Committee.
The spiritual growth and development of our congregation is entrusted to your officers (Ruling Elders). These are not honorary positions or rewards. They are offices requiring wisdom and maturity, exercised in service. The Ruling Elders elected will serve a three-year term beginning January 2022.
Please review the qualifications for Ruling Elders listed in the Book of Order - G-2.0301 (see below) before listing your suggestions on the form. Providing your name is optional. Please submit your suggestions no later than February 28, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Charlie Gibbs (817.735.5286).
Ruling Elder Defined - From the Book of Order - Ruling Elders - G-2.0301
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 ministers of the Word and Sacrament, 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 ministers of the Word and Sacrament, and they are eligible for any office.