It happens every year, whenever I meet with a nominating committee tasked with discerning a slate of church officers. We talk about elders, “persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit,” and deacons, “persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment,” according to the PC(USA) Book of Order. And I wonder how I, Laura, could ever be found worthy. Just as I never made it on the “Girls Spiritual Enough to Date” list that some earnest Christian boys compiled at my college, I wonder if I would make it on the short list of those spiritually qualified to serve as an elder or deacon.
Then I remember and give thanks that “perfection” is nowhere on the list, that we Presbyterians don’t believe perfection is possible in this life. For us, “wisdom and maturity of faith” includes recognition that we are not perfect, that God’s Spirit is at work in the midst of – often in spite of – our imperfections. I consider the times when I have seen brotherly and sisterly love grow among people who disagree deeply, or friendships develop over time through a common bond of service, responding to crises within a church and beyond.
The nominating committee is looking for your nominations for elders, deacons, and next year’s nominating committee. As you’ll see, you may nominate yourself or someone else. In addition to the descriptions of the qualities of elder and deacon, I wonder who you know who is faithfully imperfect, who knows how to love and be loved by those with whom they disagree, who has time to pay attention to what God is doing in the life of Western and join in. May we continue to come together in response to Christ’s call to serve.
Grace and peace,
Do you know someone who would make a great Deacon or Elder?
Western’s Nominating Committee is considering names of members to present to the congregation this fall for election as Elder or Deacon of the Class of 2021, as well as members of the 2018 Nominating Committee. In particular, we seek nominees who:
- Are grounded in a strong faith, dedicated discipleship, who love Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
- Are of spiritual character, honest repute, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment
- Represent the rich diversity of the congregation’s membership
- Demonstrate inter-relational and spiritual discernment strengths
- Are committed to helping implement WPC’s Shared Vision
If you are interested in serving or would like to suggest another WPC member, please contact Todd Trafford or any of the other members of the Committee: Lauren Amos, Jen Druliner, Greta Morris, and Turhan Robinson. You can also submit candidates for nomination online or by dropping the candidate form in Sunday’s bulletin into the offering plate.
Please submit candidates for consideration no later than Sunday, October 8th.Make a Nomination