Every year, the congregation of FPC Dallas recommends individuals to serve as elders or deacons. These recommendations are considered and prayed over by our Congregational Nominating Committee, which will present their nominees to the congregation in November.
Now is the time to make your recommendations for elders and deacons to help lead our church. Please prayerfully consider who you’d recommend for these important roles.
Recommend a Deacon or Elder
Recommendation Deadline is October 6
People that lead with their voice and their actions, tell the truth when others don’t want to hear it, follow through on their promise to “pray for you”, are open to having their minds changed, and are committed to the community God is gathering here.
People that can’t help but say hello to strangers, notice when others haven’t been around for awhile, are comfortable leading quietly, have enough time each month to extend care in-person to members who need it, follow through on their promise to “pray for you”, and are deeply committed to the community God is gathering here.
The Book of Order defines elders like this:
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. Ruling elders are so named not because they “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, 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 the session.”
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 and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.