Here are some frequently asked questions about the officer nominating process at LMPC:
- Why should I participate?
Answer: One of the membership vows taken when joining the church includes the promise that you will “support the church in its worship and work to best of your ability.” Participating in officer nominations and elections is one of the most important ways that you can support the work of LMPC. The future direction of our church depends largely upon the leadership God selects and ordains through his people. You have a critical role in helping us recognize those whom God has gifted and called to this important ministry.
- Why are you providing a list of eligible candidates?
Answer: The list is provided with the desire that more than just the most visible and well-known men in the church will be nominated. There are those who are faithfully, yet quietly, serving the church who would make excellent officers. We also realize that because our membership worships at five different services every Sunday morning, we don’t see everyone on a regular basis. Please use the list to remind yourself of candidates who may be serving “behind the scenes” and thus don’t come immediately to mind as well as those you know but don’t see frequently.
- What if I know only a few men in the church really well? I can’t come up with 10 names for each office.
Answer: While we allow each member to nominate up to 10 candidates for each office, we very much want you to nominate only those whom you believe qualify for church office according to the guidelines given in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. It is perfectly fine if, after prayerful consideration, you are only able to come up with a few names to put on your ballot.
- Aren’t the same people nominated and voted into office year after year?
Answer: While many officers do rotate on and off the Session and diaconate, serving more than one term, the pastors as well as those currently serving as officers are eager to see new officers raised up in the church. This past spring, 33% of the elders and 40% of the deacons elected began serving for the first time.
- I see some men on the list about whom I have some concerns. Does the Session believe that every person on this list is qualified to serve?
Answer: No. The Session is not endorsing every person on the list as qualified to serve. The Session trusts that the nominating process, as well as the lengthy training that all nominated officers undergo, will ensure that only qualified candidates are elected to serve.
- How much influence do the pastors have over the nominating process or the nominating committee?
Answer: The pastoral influence is intentionally limited. No more than two pastors can participate on the committee (the senior teaching pastor and the senior associate pastor), and they serve in an advisory capacity as non-voting members.
- Who serves on the nominating committee?
Answer: The nominating committee is made up of two women chosen by the women’s leadership team, the chairman and vice-chairman of the diaconate, three current elders, and the vice-moderator of the Session. Members of the committee serve for no more than two consecutive years.