2023 Officer Nominations Needed

A brand new year is the time to select a new class of leaders for our session and diaconate. Congregation members have the opportunity to put forward the names of those faithful members they believe would serve with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love. Please submit nominations to the church office by January 22, 2023. To do so, go to Realm Registration (https://onrealm.org/fpcasheville/Registrations) or email your nominations, designating diaconate or session, nominee’s name, and gifts the nominee brings to the role to Liz Thurston. Paper copies are available with collection depositories in the narthex and lobby

Elders to serve on the governing body of our church, the session. The slate will consist of six adults nominated for a three-year term, one adult nominated to fill a vacant two-year term, and one youth nominated for a two-year term. These ruling elders, along with the other members of the session, will guide the church and serve as spiritual leaders. Elders elected this year will begin service in July 2023. The 2023 Nominating Committee is seeking your input in its discernment process and will consider prayerfully all candidates submitted by the congregation.

Qualities of an Elder:
Elders are charged with nurturing the faith and life of the congregation. “Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity in faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit.” (Book of Order, G-2.0301)

Duties of an Elder:
● Supporting the worship and ministry of this congregation through active participation and the sharing of resources. Elders are strongly encouraged to take part in worship, faith development classes, fellowship dinners, the annual church retreat, and an annual session retreat.
● Serving communion and representing the session at baptisms, as needed and available.
● Attending monthly stated meetings of the session (the first Tuesday of the month, in person at 5:30 or by Zoom at 7:00), as well as specially called meetings, and diligently addressing the matters that come before the session for decision
● Receiving new members at 9:45 on the third Sunday of the month, as available
● Chairing or serving on a committee of session (most of which meet monthly);
Chairs of Committees also meet bi-monthly prior to the session meeting to discuss matters of common concern.
● Acting as a commissioner to meetings of our presbytery, as needed and available (There are four presbytery meetings each year; two or three elders from our congregation are needed to attend each meeting.)

Excellent candidates will be:
● Actively involved at FPCA, giving of their time and resources
● Able to work well as part of a team and to lead members in the work of the church
● Filled with a desire to serve God in this place

The congregation will also vote on a slate of deacons to serve on the board of deacons. The slate will consist of four adults nominated for a three-year term who, along with other members of the board of deacons, will lead the church in a ministry of care and compassion for members of the congregation. Deacons elected this year will begin service in July 2023. The 2023 Nominating Committee is seeking your input in its discernment process and will consider prayerfully all candidates submitted by the congregation.

Qualities of a Deacon:
The ministry of a deacon is one of compassion, witness, and service. “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, G-2.0201)

Duties of a Deacon:
● Supporting the worship and ministry of this congregation through active participation and the sharing of resources. Deacons are strongly encouraged to take part in worship, faith development classes, fellowship dinners, the annual church retreat, and an annual session retreat.
● Assisting in serving communion and worship leadership, as needed and available
● Attending quarterly meetings of the board of deacons on Sundays after worship
● Helping lead a care ministry that meets regularly, such as Bereavement (assisting with funerals), Visitation, Prayer, and New Member Care
● Meeting once per year with the session

Excellent candidates will be:
● Actively involved at FPCA, giving of their time and resources
● Able to work well as part of a team and to lead members in the work of the church
● Filled with a desire to serve God in this place

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who may be suggested as a candidate?
All active members are eligible for nomination, except those currently serving as in that particular role. A member does not need to be previously ordained.

Who may recommend a candidate?
Any member of FPCA may recommend candidates.

Do I need permission from the candidate?
No, the Nominating Committee will verify candidates’ willingness to serve before they are nominated. (You need prior permission only if you choose to make a nomination from the floor during a congregational meeting.)

May I submit my own name?
Yes.

How do I suggest someone for the office of elder or deacon?
You may submit nominations electronically by going to Realm’s Registration Events. Choose Officer Nominations 2023. Register yourself and make your nominations by answering the questions. Paper forms are available in the narthex and Wallace Foyer. You may also call  or email Liz Thurston in the church office and request a form through email or snail mail.

The Nominating Committee will seek to nominate a slate of candidates that will represent the rich diversity within this congregation.

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