Would you like to nominate yourself or another member to be a deacon or elder? You may respond to Lisa Bazinet firstname.lastname@example.org), nominating chair by April 5th.
All ministry in the Church is a gift from Jesus Christ. Members and leaders alike serve mutually under the mandate of Christ who is the chief minister of all. Christ’s ministry is the basis of all ministries; the standard for all offices is the pattern of the one who came “not to be served but to serve.” (Matthew 20.28)
St. John’s nominating team is now accepting nominations for elders and deacons. Those called to these ministries are ordained for life, and normally serve a 3 year term. Our leadership of elders and deacons make up of 5 ministry areas — Compassion, Celebration, Commitment, Community and Connection.
The Book of Order states the duties of elders and deacons are:
Deacons: The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Deacons are the eyes and ears of the congregation, keeping the pulse of the congregation’s desires and needs at attention. They also assist in implementing their specific team’s task and responsibility.
Deacons focus on the individual needs within the congregation
Elders: As there was in Old Testament times, elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament provided persons with particular gifts to share in governing and ministry. It is the duty of elders to communicate the outreach and vision of St. John’s to the congregation. Together with the pastors, they encourage the people in worship and service to God, equip and renew them for their tasks within the Church and for their mission in the world.
Elders focus on the big picture direction for the congregation.
Nomination Qualifications to consider:
• Commitment to Jesus Christ
• Member of St. John’s & committed to St. John’s Vision
• Regular habit of prayer and Bible study
• Stewardship commitment in time, talents and treasures
• Works well with others, open to new ideas, follows through