Elder & Deacon Nominations
When: January 10 - February 29
We need your help to identify people who are possible candidates for the important work of serving as Elders and Deacons. Nominations will be accepted through February 29, 2020.
What makes a good nominee?
- Committed to following Jesus
- Engaged in the life of CPC
- Spiritually mature
- Willing to take a further step in leadership and service
What are Elders and Deacons?
In the Presbyterian tradition, elders are members of the congregation who are elected by CPC members to lead and govern the church. Elders, along with the Senior Pastor and other pastors, make up the Session. It is essentially a board of directors for CPC. Deacons are likewise elected by the congregation to tangibly serve the people of CPC, but also to help lead the acts of service in our community.
The model for elders as community leaders is found in both the Old and New Testaments. Elders oversaw the temple, and early Christians continued this familiar role. The job of deacons comes from the book of Acts, where leaders in the early church chose people “full of the Spirit and wisdom” to minister to their community. The title “deacon” comes from the Greek word diakonos, meaning “server.”
How long do they serve?
CPC elects four elders each year, for a total of sixteen elders on Session. These men and women serve two back-to-back, two-year terms. Each elder serves on one of the three standing committees: Resource, Personnel, and Governance. Together with CPC’s staff, Session is accountable for the mission and vision of CPC, the stewardship of the church’s financial resources, and the operation of our church.
Deacons serve three years and are engaged in one or two service ministry areas. While there is not a defined number for each class, CPC usually elects fifteen or more deacons each year.
Who can be an elder or deacon?
As a church, we are blessed to have gifted and committed volunteer leaders. Some elders and deacons make use of their professional expertise in their CPC leadership position, but that is not a requirement. What is most important is that all are called because of their heart for Jesus and CPC. The essential requirements for a nominee are commitment to CPC and a sincere life of faith.