September 6, 2022

Dear Church Family,

We’ve reached the time when you, the congregation, have the opportunity to nominate the next class of Elders and Deacons. The nominating committee is seeking your suggestions, and we ask that you make those suggestions after careful consideration and prayerful reflection.  The selection of our church officers is an extremely important matter and we sincerely ask that you seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you make your recommendations.

As you pray about your recommendations, please be mindful of the qualifications for Elders and Deacons, as stated in the scriptures, as well as our Book Of Order. These qualifications are listed on the nomination forms, but I would encourage you to search the scriptures for yourselves, praying that the Lord would speak to you through this precious time.  

Please keep in mind that the differences between an Elder and a Deacon are not primarily a function of spiritual maturity but of giftedness.  An Elder is primarily called to maintain focus on the ministry of prayer and the preaching of the Word of God.  Elders should be committed to and capable of seeking the mind of God for the mission and vision of this body, guarding the Gospel message in every aspect of the life of our church, and shepherding the flock that is the body of Christ here at FPC.   

A Deacon should be committed to partnering with the Elders, taking responsibility for certain aspects of the church’s ministry entrusted to them, primarily calling for the gift of service.  These are distinctly different roles which call for distinctly different gifts, exercised in both offices by spiritually mature people called and equipped by God for that particular ministry.  There are no requirements that an Elder must have previously served as a Deacon, and it is quite possible that someone who has previously served as an Elder may be one who comes to mind for you as primarily having the Deacon’s heart of service.

Below you will the links to the Elder and Deacon nomination forms. Please use the link to the membership list as your worksheet.  The deadline to submit your nominations is Monday, September 26th. 

The Nominating Committee deeply appreciates your suggestions and will give each recommendation solemn consideration. After prayer and deliberation, the committee will make final selections.

We sincerely thank you for your help in this important matter.

The 2022 Nominating Committee

Ross Johnson, Chairman
Lynn Collier, Chris Congdon, Cooper Evans, Katerra Cochran, Jonathan Johnson, Virginia Saunders