The Deacon Board is elected by the members of the Church to govern on their behalf. The Deacon Board assures that the Church achieves the stated Ends while avoiding unacceptable Means. The Deacon Board is responsible to select a Senior Pastor and the Senior Pastor reports directly to the Deacon Board. The qualifications of deacons are found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:1-6. To be eligible for election to this office, one must be a member in good standing for at least one year.
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BOARD OF DEACONS, 2017-2018
Gerry Bettig, Stefan Dirks, Justin Fast, Ted Hull, Mark Kelm, Charlie Lucking, Ron Meisner, Rod Neustaedter, Harold Penner, Danny Serhal, Dino Silvestri
In recognition of the distinction between the spiritual and administrative stewardship of the church, the position of Elder has been developed to serve as the guardians of theological integrity, and to provide spiritual oversight to the church. The Elders have identified the need for two (2) additional Elders to serve. The initial step in this process is to receive nominations from the congregation. The nominees are to meet the criteria as listed in the provided packets available at reception.
What is an Elder? An Elder is an individual who takes up the mantle of guardianship or spiritual stewardship of the church. This is in contrast to the Deacon Board which carries a governance role. An Elder can be likened to a lay pastor, and is entrusted with the spiritual, theological, and ministry oversight of the church. The Senior Pastor is also the Lead Elder, and along with appointed Elders, they comprise a group of men who speak to and deal with pastoral and theological concerns and interests in the life of the church.
What gifts or aptitudes does it take to be an elder? Elders can have diverse gifting. First, they need a close and intimate relationship with God in Christ. Second, they need a good reputation within and outside of the church. Third, they should have an inclination to study the Word of God, have an interest in theology, and be able to discern what is right and wrong. Fourth, they should be able to assess the impact of cultural, political and religious trends on church life and doctrine. It is an important role in safeguarding theological and doctrinal purity and consistency.
What are the qualifications of an Elder? There is a document available at the reception desk which lists qualifications for eldership. The Apostle Paul talks about these qualifications in 1 Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. This is a good place to start when you examine the character and conduct of a potential Elder.
How does one become an Elder? According to church policy, the congregation will be given the opportunity to recommend candidates to serve as Elders. Following an interview process, Elders are selected by the Board and presented to the church for affirmation and dedication. Elders are not elected.
How do I take part in choosing Elders? Prayerfully consider who you would like to recommend to this role and submit their name on the card provided for you at the reception desk. Cards should be returned to reception in sealed envelopes. After careful consideration and conversations with the nominees, the Board will present to the congregation a list of qualified individuals who are willing to serve as Elders. The congregation will be given 30 days to confidentially disclose reasonable cause that an individual may not be qualified to serve. At the end of this period, the Board will make its final determination and the selected individuals will be presented to the congregation for affirmation and dedication.
Elder Nomination packages are available at the reception desk. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 30.
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Bruce Day, Allan Dyck, Paul Meisner, Richard Quiring, John Schaffner (Senior Pastor), Dick Stephens