At the beginning of each year, the Nominating Committee of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church begins its search for new officers by gathering recommendations from members, clergy and staff. At the congregation’s Annual Meeting in the spring, the Nominating Committee presents a slate of candidates to serve three-year terms (or fill unexpired terms) on the Session, the Board of Deacons and the Board of Trustees. Candidates also are recommended to serve one-year terms as members-at-large on the Nominating Committee for the upcoming year.
Serving on a board or committee is a significant commitment of time and talent. But it also allows individuals to move deeper into service and further along their faith journey, and creates stronger ties within our beloved community of believers. Candidates for office must be pledging members of the church who are willing and eager to serve. Officer responsibilities are described below.
Each year eight new Elders are called to join the Session and the clergy to exercise leadership, government and discipline for the life of the church. With primary responsibility for nurturing and overseeing the spiritual and theological life of the congregation, the Session meets monthly during the program year. Each Elder serves on at least one committee, with periodic meetings and tasks. Elders participate in worship by collecting the offering and serving communion once a month.
Ten Deacons are called each year to join the Board of Deacons, serving as the primary assistants to the clergy and staff for pastoral care. Deacons meet monthly during the program year. Each Deacon participates on at least one committee, which may schedule additional meetings during the year. Deacons participate in worship by collecting the offering and serving communion once a month, and serving side-by-side with the pastors as they greet members and visitors following worship.
Six new Trustees are called each year to assume responsibility for the financial and business affairs of the church and report to the Session. Trustees have joint responsibilities with the Session for the budget and personnel of the church. Each Trustee participates on at least one committee that meets periodically during the year. The number and timing of meetings may be tied to budget cycles, strategic planning goals and established time frames.
Three members-at-large join representatives from the Session, Deacons and Trustees on the Nominating Committee to select future candidates for church office. These members should be actively involved in church organizations, not currently serving as an officer, and noted for exercising good judgment. The Nominating Committee is active throughout the year, but does most of its work from November through February.
Know Someone Who Would Be an Effective Officer?
You may submit recommendations to the Nominating Committee at any time. Please complete and submit the Officer Recommendation Form for each individual you would like to recommend as an officer of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. You may recommend yourself or others, but all nominees must be members of the church. The Nominating Committee will consider all recommendations received by Jan. 23.