The Nominating Committee has been hard at work discerning who to approach to serve BPC as Deacons and Elders. They have had quite the task because not only were they charged to identify a new class of elders and deacons but, this year, they have also been charged with filling a few vacancies in current classes of deacons and elders. The nominating committee consists of Jonathan Anderson, Nancy Artis, Ben Corl, Jama Hayes, and Heather Lawrence. Be sure to thank them for the time, effort, and prayer they have put into identifying the slate of deacons and elders you will be asked to vote on Sunday.
Attached, you will find the list and biographies of all those who are being put before you to elect this Sunday. Before you read through that information, take a moment to read what the Book of Order says of the ministry of deacon and ruling elder.
G-2.02 Deacons: The Ministry of Compassion and Service
G-2.0201 Deacon Defined
The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly or sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgement should be chosen for this ministry.
G-2.03 Ruling Elders: The Ministry of Discernment and Governance
G-2.0301 Ruling Elder Defined
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 person of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because the “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders (Pastors), exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of session.
We give thanks to God for those who have agreed to serve the church in the roles of deacon and elder and for all those who serve the church using the expansive variety of gifts that God has given us.
Scripture Readings for May 26, 2019
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Revelation 21:10; 21:22-22:5