One of the privileges of our Presbyterian form of church government is that you, the members of Redeemer, nominate and elect your own officers. How do we do this at Redeemer?
1. December is officer nomination month at Redeemer. 2. Prayerfully consider who may be officers. (an Officer Nomination Guide is posted below) 3. Get an Officer Nomination Form (available in December). 4. Approach the person(s) you want to nominate. Explain why you want to nominate them and ask permission to do so. If they consent, fill out the form with their name and have them initial in the designated spot. 5. Remember the deadline for nominations is Dec. 31. 6. Nominees meet with a few current officers to discuss their call to serve as an officer at Redeemer and their willingness to go through officer training. 7. Nominees are to go through the Gospel Leadership classes if they have not done so already. These two classes (theology and character) run during the spring semester. 8. Nominees also go through ministerial training during the spring and summer. 9. Those nominees who, at the end of the training period, are evaluated to be ready to serve, are presented to the congregation in October for officer elections in November. 10. Elder & deacon nominees elected by the congregation are ordained. Deaconess nominees are recommended by the Diaconate and commissioned by Session. The installation service typically is in November or December.
What should you look for in Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses? A great summary of officer qualifications is found 1 Timothy 3:1-13. In short, these individuals need to exhibit an advanced maturity of Christian character, ministry leadership gifts and skills, and a commitment to Redeemer’s vision. They must also have been a Christian for at least three years and a member of Redeemer for at least one year at the time they are nominated.
We have officer elections on Nov. 22. The three men are coming before you for the office of elder. If you have not done so already, please get to know them.
For more details, please see the attached forms: