- Each officer (elder or deacon) serves for a three-year term and then automatically rotates off for a year of inactive service. Having rotated off, he may then be re-nominated and go back through the training and then be re-elected to serve another three-year term after his year of inactive service.
- In September of each year, a nominating committee is formed. It is composed of eight voting members:
- the vice-moderator of the Session along with three elected members from the present Session,
- the moderator and vice-moderator from the present Diaconate,
- two women elected by the Women’s Ministry Leadership Committee from a session created slate of 4-6 nominees. In order to preserve continuity, one woman will be elected per year, and she will serve for two years.
- Note: No voting member may serve on this committee more than two consecutive years. The senior and associate pastors, as members of the session, will serve as non-voting members of the nominating committee.
- In October of each year, the church office sends out a list of all those eligible to serve as elders and deacons and asks the members of the congregation to prayerfully review the biblical qualifications and then make their nominations.
- The primary task of the nominating committee is to prayerfully review the names submitted by the congregation with a view toward the formation of a slate of nominees who, in the opinion of the nominating committee, meet the biblical qualifications found in I Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9 and I Peter 5:1-4. The number of congregational votes each nominee received should not be the sole focus of the committee, but rather the committee should focus on men who they feel the Lord has raised up. Those who may be viewed as leaders in other walks of life may or may not meet the biblical qualifications of a church officer. They must also consider the needs of the congregation and the duties of officers as outlined in the Book of Church Order.
- Though the nominations of the congregation and prior service as an officer may make an individual worthy of consideration, each year’s nominating committee must recommend individuals as the needs of the church change and the desire of the individual to be an active church officer may also change.
- After going through the above process, the committee nominates elders first, then deacons. Normally, in between meetings, the pastors talk to the individuals nominated to ask that they prayerfully consider if they are willing to serve and if God is calling them to serve. Then the nominating committee submits a slate of nominees to the congregation for their approval.
- The congregation must then prayerfully consider the slate of nominees presented. At a subsequent congregational meeting in early December, the slate will be submitted to the congregation for their vote and floor nominations by the congregation can be received. Congregation members must check with nominees and gain their approval before they are nominated from the floor during the congregational meeting. Note: this is not the election to office – it is simply the vote for those who will become “officer candidates” and who will proceed through the training process described in point 8.
- From January through March the pastors will provide intensive officer training to all officer candidates. Following successful completion of the training and a successful interview with the Session, the election of officers by the congregation takes place in May. After election, the new officers will be ordained and installed to begin their three-year term of service in June.
- The Nominating Committee will also nominate a member for the LMPC Board of Trustees that will serve a three year term as an officer of the corporation.
Officer Nomination Process by Month
SEPTEMBER: Session votes on nominating committee members.
OCTOBER: Mailing to resident congregation members of a list of male resident members age 18 and above who are eligible for nomination as an elder or deacon. This mailing also includes a cover letter form the vice-moderator of the session and ballots.
NOVEMBER: Session receives recommended slate from nominating committee, and then approves slate for submission to the congregation.
DECEMBER: Session calls a meeting of the congregation for a specific date to approve the slate of nominees for elder and deacon.
JANUARY: Officer training class occurs from January through March.
APRIL/MAY: Called Session meeting for the congregational vote to elect the slate of office candidates.
MAY/JUNE: Called Session meeting for the purpose of ordaining and installing the new class of officer candidates.