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Glenn Memorial Nominating Form for 2013
Please give prayerful thought to any persons you feel have demonstrated gifts for leadership in a particular capacity. Feel free to submit this form as many times as you have candidates to nominate. Press the submit button when you are finished.
A Message from the Nominating Committee
About the Election of Our Church Leaders
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord. . . . To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” -1 Corinthians 12: 4,7
We’re approaching the time of year when we elect the persons who will serve next year as the leaders of our four ministry areas - “Heart” (hospitality), “Mind” (education), “Soul” (worship), “Strength” (missions) and as members of the Church Council, Finance Committee, Board of Trustees, Staff-Parish Relations Committee, and Nominating Committee .
This is your invitation to help us develop the slate of candidates. Please read the information below to understand the process we use as well as the gifts and experience necessary for nominees to be successful in their positions. Then feel free to make your own contributions to the process by following the instructions you’ll find below.
The Nominating Committee: John Falco, Martha Lewis, Catherine Tolbert, Mudie Weber, Sara McKlin, John Tyler, Mathew Sweezey, Donna Toulme
HOW DO WE ELECT OUR CHURCH LEADERS?
The process is outlined in the United Methodist “Book of Discipline.” Our elected leaders are nominated by the Nominating Committee, which is made up of the senior pastor, our two lay leaders, and nine church members who themselves have been elected by members of our Church Council.
CAN ANYONE BE NOMINATED AS A CHURCH LEADER?
Nominees must be members of our church who have a track record of supporting the church with their prayers, presence, gifts, and service. Beyond that, they should have a spirit of cooperation , should be willing to “speak the truth in love,” and should have a forgiving spirit.
WHO CAN RECOMMEND A MEMBER FOR NOMINATION?
Any member of our church.
CAN SOMEONE BE ELECTED TO MORE THAN ONE POSITION?
Our Nominating Committee operates out of "a theology of abundance." God has blessed our church with more than 1,800 members. So we nominate a person for only one elected position in a calendar year.
WHAT DO OUR ELECTED LEADERS DO?
|The Church Council
||The Church Council is the governing body of our congregation. Members of the council should be people of spiritual discernment who are able to listen to and communicate well with other members of the council and the congregation. They should have demonstrated that they are able to work with a group to reach a solid decision that is biblically based and consistent with God’s intention for our church.
|The Finance Committee
||This committee compiles our annual budget, submits it to the Church Council for review and adoption, and then administers the funds given by the congregation according to instructions from the council. Members of the Finance Committee should be people who are living out of a biblical understanding of stewardship. They need to have demonstrated an interest in finances and a spirit of generosity.
|The Board of Trustees
||Our trustees are responsible for the supervision of all the property we own and occupy, including all property and equipment acquired by any class or group associated with our church. People with gifts and experience in the fields of investments, property management, construction, law, and insurance serve well in this capacity.
|The Staff-Parish Relations Committee
This committee works closely with our Senior Pastor. It keeps him advised of conditions in the congregation that affect relations between the staff and the members; consults on matters pertaining to compensation, travel expense, continuing education, vacation, insurance, pension, housing, and other practical matters affecting the work and families of the staff; and makes annual recommendations regarding these matters to the Finance Committee and the Church Council.
It is important to have one or two people on the SPRC with gifts and experience in human resources, staff management, and personnel administration. All of the members must be people of unquestioned integrity and confidentiality who have demonstrated the ability to communicate in helpful ways with persons of all ages, stages, and dispositions.
HOW DOES THE LAY LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE WORK?
The members of the committee each receive a worksheet that lists the leadership positions that are open for next year, along with the experience and gifts each position calls for, and the expectations for that position.
In the privacy of their own homes, each member writes down the names of persons he or she wants considered and then returns the worksheet to the senior pastor’s administrative assistant. Committee members may return the worksheets unsigned if they choose, giving them as much freedom as possible to nominate anyone they feel led to put forward.
The administrative assistant compiles a list of everyone who has been suggested for each position, including suggestions submitted by other members of the congregation. At their next meeting, the members of the committee begin working through the names, looking for the best person for each position. Sometimes the best choice becomes clear in the course of the committee’s discussions. But most of the time, they take written ballots.
The next step is for the senior pastor to write a personal letter to each person the committee wants to nominate, describing the position for which the committee would like to place their name in nomination, and asking them to prayerfully consider the committee’s request for several days before giving the pastor their reply.
WHO ACTUALLY ELECTS OUR CHURCH LEADERS?
The Nominating Committee submits its slate of nominees at our annual Charge Conference, which is held in November with the District Superintendent presiding. The members of our Church Council make up the Charge Conference. While only the members of the Council can vote, all members of the church are welcome to attend.
This year’s Charge Conference will be at 6:45 on Wednesday night, November 2, in the Little Chapel. When the time comes for elections, the superintendent will open the floor for any additional nominations from members of the Council. Once the nominations are closed, a vote will be taken.
DOES THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE NOMINATE ITS OWN NEW MEMBERS?
The “Book of Discipline” stipulates that this committee, like most of our elected committees, shall be made of three classes of three people each. Each year, one class rotates off, and a new class is elected. The Nominating Committee may recommend three new members. Our committee strongly recommends that there be at least three additional nominations from the floor before the nominations are closed. The new members of the committee are then elected by written ballot.
HOW DO I RECOMMEND SOMEONE FOR NOMINATION?
You can submit your recommendations electronically by completing the form at the top of this page.
CAN I SUGGEST MY OWN NAME?