Officer Nominations for the Class of 2023
The nominating team invites members to prayerfully consider individuals and submit their names as candidates for either Elder or Deacon office for the class of 2023.
SACPC seeks loving and dedicated Christians who will fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the particular office to which they feel called and are elected; who will make every effort to attend meetings; who will give as freely as possible of their time and resources; and who will be faithful in attendance at church services and other church activities.
Descriptions of each office as taken from The Book of Order, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are below. This information is provided to help guide your suggestions.
Ruling Elder Defined
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 teaching elders, 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 teaching elders, and they are eligible for any office.
The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.