Last week we announced that we will be having elections for new ruling elders on November 22. It is a huge benefit and privilege that we have in the Presbyterian denomination to be able to elect our leaders - it is also something to think seriously about and to prayerfully consider in the weeks leading up. Ryan Brumbaugh, Ben Reed, and Josh Plemon (pictured to the left) are our candidates up for election next month. If you don't know them, please use this handy identification manual and seek them out. We want you to know who you're voting for to lead our congregation.
Speaking of which, there are a few things to keep in mind when evaluating these men. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself (or ask them!):
- Do they love the city, are they here to serve the city, not use or retreat from the city?
- Do they participate in community groups, share in the leadership of groups, are pace-setting leaders in face-to-face relationships?
- Do they understand reformed theology and get the gospel? Are they gospel-centered in their approach to theology? Do they hold to the truth in love?
- Are they both inward (spiritual nurture of the congregation) and outward faced (have a heart for mercy and evangelism)?
These are questions to get you started thinking about whether or not Josh, Ben, and Ryan are the right men for the job of ruling elder of our congregation. Start there and there will be more to come!