Suggestions for Ruling Elder and Deacon


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's immediate household to either office.

Officer Nominating Committee Members: Elders, Buck Buchanan and Neill Blake. Deacons, Judy Harper and Nancy Law. At-Large Members, Doc Harvin, Janice Phillips, Libba Schell, Anthony Booker, Kathy Swinford, and Julia Rutledge

Submission deadline is May 26, 2019

Suggestions for Ruling Elder and Deacon