ONC/PNC Suggestion Forms


ONC/PNC Suggestion Forms

ONC/PNC Suggestion Forms: The Officer Nominating Committee (ONC) is asking for suggestions for elders and deacons for the Class of 2017 as well as suggestions for at-large members for the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).

Suggestions for Ruling Elder and Deacon
As stated in the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (Part II, Book of Order), a Ruling Elder should be a person of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. His or her manner of life should be a demonstration of the Gospel, both within the Church and in the World.

The Office of Deacon, as set forth in Scripture, is one of compassion, witness, and service after the manner of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary life, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.

As stated in the First Presbyterian Church Procedures for Electing Officers, a person being considered for church office should:

  • Be a person of faith, dedication, good judgment, and spiritual maturity who witnesses to their faith, by being a leader in worship, and in the spreading of the Gospel, both within the church and in the world.
  • Be a person who demonstrates stewardship of time and money, as well as regular church attendance, by participating in activities resulting in service to the church and the community by sharing of their time, talents, and resources.
  • Be a person who regularly contributes to the church’s General Fund.

Additionally, no member of the Nominating Committee may be nominated to the office of Ruling Elder or Deacon. No person may be nominated to serve concurrently on the Session or Diaconate with a member of that person’s immediate household serving on the same body. Prior service as a Deacon is not considered to be a strict requirement for nomination as Ruling Elder. A paid staff member should not be nominated to serve as Ruling Elder or Deacon due to actual or perceived conflict of interest. The committee has placed a requirement on itself that it will not nominate a member of a committee member’s immediate household to either office.

Officer Nominating Committee Members: Carol Callaway (chair), Chris Harrison (vice-chair), Doug Allen, Terry Barton, Neill Blake, Jane Cofer, Jill Fogarty, Laura Gray, Ann Stoskopf, Mary Ruth Zehrung

Suggestions for At-Large Members of PNC
The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC), per the adopted procedures of the First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, Georgia, shall be composed of nine members consisting of two members of the Session, two members of the Diaconate, and five members of the Congregation who are not currently on the Session or the Board of Deacons. The Session and Diaconate will nominate their own candidates.

The Officer Nominating Committee (ONC) is soliciting suggestions to fill five congregational at-large positions of the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC), which will seek candidates for the newly created position of Senior Pastor. No paid staff member shall be a member of the PNC, and no person shall serve on the PNC with a member of his or her immediate household. Otherwise, all active members of the Congregation are eligible to serve on the PNC.