All members of the congregation are encouraged to recommend people to serve as Ruling Elders, Deacons and/or Nominating Committee to be elected by the congregation in the spring. New Elders and Deacons will begin serving July 1 following training in April and May. An overview of qualifications and duties of Ruling Elders and Deacons is included on this form.
To recommend yourself or a fellow church member, fill out the nomination form:
As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit.
—PCUSA Book of Order
In addition to serving on Session Ruling Elders at WRPC serve on at least one of the five Ministry Teams: Worship, Christian Formation, Congregational Care, Mission and Outreach, Administration. Ruling Elders are responsible for the spiritual and financial health of the church and for participation in the wider faith and denominational communities.
Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.
...their ministry is under the supervision and authority of the Session. Deacons may be given special assignments in the congregation....
—-PCUSA Book of Order
Deacons at WRPC serve as the primary ushers and greeters. Deacons serve on four committees of the diaconate: Ushering, Hospitality & Fellowship, Building & Grounds, Memorials. Deacons are among the first to warmly greet visitors and members on Sunday mornings and for special worship services. They are engaged in nurturing the fellowship of the congregation and tending the church facility and grounds.
The Nominating Committee is comprised of an elder, a deacon and two at large members. This Committee is responsible for the prayerful discernment of members to serve in leadership positions of the Session and the Diaconate and, as it applies, a Pastor Nominating Committee. Congregation members make recommendations to the Nominating Committee as well as elect the slate of proposed officers and leaders. Nominating Committee members serve for one year, but may be reelected to serve a second year.