One of the distinctives of our presbyterian tradition is its reliance upon church officers to lead the church. The name 'presbyterian' describes a church led by elders (presbyters). Do you know someone who you would recommend as an Elder or Deacon? How about the Board of Stewards? Maybe you know someone you would recommend as a Member-At-Large for future Church Officer Nominating Committee (CONC)? If so, or if you just want to know more, click here.
The task of the CONC is to present a slate of nominations to the congregation at a congregational meeting sometime after Easter. The congregation votes on those nominations, either to accept them or to elect someone else to one of the offices. Once elected, the new officers receive instruction and training, are confirmed by Session and then ordained to office in late June. Typically, an officer serves for a three year term, which can be extended another three years.
Why all this work? It gets to the heart of who we are as Presbyterians- but that will have to wait until another post!