The Church Officer Nominating Committee receives recommendations in spring and finalizes nominations in the fall. The slate of 2022 church officers will be presented to the congregation in late fall 2019.
Each year at Grace, we nominate fellow covenant partners (members) to serve as elders and deacons. This year’s class of new leaders will serve a three-year commitment beginning January 1, 2020.
Grace, an ECO congregation, is governed by the Session, which is composed of elders. The deacons provide care ministries to the congregation. Both elders and deacons are vital to the health of the congregation. These positions require different skills, talents, and gifts. Each has unique duties and requires different energies. Both deacons and elders are required to adhere to the ECO Essential Tenets. View them HERE.
What is the elder’s ministry? Elders oversee the spiritual health of the congregation, as well as the congregation’s faithfulness to God’s mission. Time commitments include a monthly Session meeting and participation on a Session Team supporting Grace’s strategy of Gather, Connect and Bless.
What is the deacon’s ministry? Deacons lead ministries that nurture fellowship and caregiving within and beyond the congregation. Generally, deacons serve a local geographic region. Time commitments include a monthly deacon meeting, individual caring ministry to families in a designated region, and service on caring subteams as available.
Are there qualifications for serving? Elders must be a covenant partner for at least 2 years. Biblical qualifications are found in 1Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. Good character, faithfulness and dedication are emphasized.
Deacons must be a covenant partner for at least 1 year. Biblical qualifications are found in 1Timothy 3:8-13. Good character, faithfulness, dedication and compassion are emphasized.
Where can I learn more?
- Additional Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-4
- Eco Essential Tenets: View HERE
- Grace website: gpch.org/about-us/what-we-believe/ and gpch.org/eco
- Talk to a current elder: gpch.org/elders
- Talk to a current deacon: gpch.org/deacons
As a covenant partner, you have a responsibility and privilege to participate in selecting the leadership of Grace. Please prayerfully consider nominating a fellow covenant partner to one of these vital leadership roles. Thank you.