STEP 1: Beginning September 1 through September 30, the Session will be accepting nominations for the offices of elder and deacon. Before nominating anyone, we ask you to first take the following steps:
STEP 2: In October & November, Session members will meet with the nominated men to hear their testimony and sense of call. The Session may grant these men provisional approval to participate in an Officer Training Cohort.
STEP 3: Those provisionally approved will then participate in an Officer Training Cohort. This will serve as a qualification season of discipleship and training in church doctrine and leadership. Following a small group format, the Cohort will meet approximately 14 times over the course of the following year (likely during Jan-Sept of the following year). Click here for an overview of the curriculum and schedule.
STEP 4: Following the training, candidates will then be examined by the Session in doctrinal and practical areas.
STEP 5: Finally, Session-approved candidates will be presented to the congregation as eligible for election. Officers are elected by a simple majority at a congregational meeting. Soon after the election, a service of ordination and installation will be held.
If you have any further questions, please review these common questions and answers or contact Pastor Jonathan.