As the church continues to grow, so does our need for elders, deacons and deaconesses. Elders are responsible for teaching the gospel and overseeing the church. The Diaconate leaders focus on deed ministry by extending mercy and compassion through prayer and other care initiatives.
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Nomination: If you're a church member, you can nominate online. We ask that you notify the member you'd like to nominate and have a conversation with them prior to submitting the form. If you have questions, contact us at [email protected]
Application: All nominees will be initially screened for membership and Christian experience requirements. If the nominee qualifies under both categories, they will receive an email confirming their nomination and the process to follow. Included in that notice will be a:
Four-page questionnaire that must be filled out and returned by a deadline, and
Request for two reference letters (or three for elder candidates) to attest to the person’s spiritual maturity, leadership and service experience
Initial Interview: Once the questionnaire is completed, a personal interview will be scheduled with the nominee and two elders (for elder nominees) or two deacons or deaconesses (for Diaconate nominees) to discuss the appropriateness and timing of their nomination.
Training: Nominees will begin training in January once they have been recommended. The reference letters are also used in this determination process. Training details are below.
Second Interview: After the training, a second personal interview and a group theological and doctrinal interview take place. The Session then votes on each nominee.
Congregational Vote: All nominees who are approved to stand for election will then be voted on by the congregation at the spring congregational meeting. Nominees who are voted in are then installed in May, begin their term on June 1, and serve for an initial three years.
Nominees should have been a Christian for at least three years. They should also be an active Redeemer member for at least one year.
Five categories of qualifications:
Should I nominate a particular member to be an elder, deacon or deaconess at Redeemer? Should I accept a nomination to be considered as an elder, deacon or deaconess at Redeemer? The following guidelines, though not the final word on the matter, ought to help as you consider these questions:
- Calling: Calling is both inward and outward. A candidate should desire to serve and should be recognized by others as possessing the gifts and graces necessary for the task.
- Character: Though no leader can expect to be perfect, he or she must be exemplary, modeling in a consistent way the character of Christ. 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1:5-9 offer a useful summary of the character qualifications.
- Competency: God calls elders, deacons and deaconesses to serve in distinct and varying ways. A candidate should evidence the inclination and ability to fulfill that particular biblical role.
- Elder candidates should be able to equip and care for people spiritually and should know their way around the Bible and be able to teach it. They should be comfortable praying with people in need and should be good managers.
- Deacon and deaconess candidates should demonstrate a practical and caring spirit. They should be willing to serve under the authority of the elders and in such a way as to free the elders to focus on their particular responsibilities. At Redeemer, deacons and deaconesses pray for individuals after services on Sundays, assist elders in membership interviews, assist elders in examining deacon and deaconess candidates, and advocate and care for those in need.
- Compatibility: Candidates need to understand and fit into the Redeemer life and vision.
- Comprehension: Candidates need to understand and accept Redeemer’s convictions about theology and church government. This involves commitment to the Bible’s authority, to Presbyterian Church government and to the Westminster standards.
Training begins in January and will continue into March. Both Diaconate and elder nominees attend this training class together. It is taught by teaching elders and guest facilitators; it will take place in person.
- Theological Training: Starting January 10, this will take place on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. It will continue through February 14, skipping January 17.
- Practical Training: Starting February 26, this will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will continue through March 19. (March 19's session will finish at 12:30 p.m.)
It's important that you're able to attend all of the training dates. If you have scheduled conflicts, please contact [email protected] to discuss or mention it during your initial interview.
If a nominee is unable to continue with the nomination process due to time constraints or other life circumstances, they may defer their nomination for up to one year. To request this, please email [email protected] If the nominee is unable to move forward with the process within the year, they will need to be renominated at a later date.
Nominations took place between November 1 and 21, 2021. The next nomination season happen in Fall 2022. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]