Nominations for Elder, Deacon, and Deaconess

Nominations for the offices of Ruling Elder, and Deacon, and for the role of Deaconess will be accepted October 6 through November 17.

When considering who to nominate for a leadership position at All Saints, please consider these things:

Every leader at All Saints is first of all a spiritual care giver. His or her life is characterized by pointing others to God - to His love, gospel, and truth - as well as by coming alongside the needy to be the very hands and feet of Jesus. This person sincerely seeks to live like and follow Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. They have demonstrated in their actions a desire and ability to encourage and lead people to deeper faithfulness to Christ, greater obedience to God, and endurance in the journey of faith. They come alongside suffering and hurting members of Christ's Church in order to bind their wounds and point them to what God is bringing forth in their life. They exhibit an ability to speak the truth in love and have a whole-life commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Finally, they seek to live in accordance with the Holy Scriptures and the patterns of faithful practice laid down throughout the history of the Church, and are united to the mission and vision of All Saints.

While this is the foundation for all leaders at All Saints, there are different roles among the leadership. All Saints has ordained offices of Elder and Deacon and the commissioned role of Deaconess. As you consider who to nominate, please consider these specific things:

Elders...

are men elected as lay leaders to serve with the elected pastors as the primary responsible persons for the spiritual and physical direction of the church.

  • They exercise the government and discipline of the church and her members.
  • They are to know and visit the members of the church.
  • To comfort and pray for the sick and for the well.
  • To diligently seek the fruit of the Word and the Sacraments among the members of All Saints.
  • They are to be attentive to their own lives, careful to not allow any corruption of doctrine or morals.
  • They are to be attentive to the members of All Saints, careful to teach true doctrine, encourage the moral life, and insist on God’s righteousness.
  • They will study the Holy Scriptures, model their lives upon them, and lead others to drink from the well of God’s word.
  • They will lead the church as she teaches the unlearned, comforts the mourner, guards and protects the covenant children, and speaks the truth of Christ with conviction, humility, mercy, peacefulness, and joy.
  • They will diligently pray for the church and for an advance of the gospel of Jesus Christ not only in the lives of members, but also in all the world.
  • They will love and serve the people among whom you work, caring alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor.
  • They will be men of commitment and constancy of life.
  • They will not be men of partiality, suspect faithfulness, a ready quarreler or constant complainer.

Deacons...

Are elected men who help lead the church in serving the church body spiritually and physically.

  • They, in particular, care for the weak, the poor, the sick, and the lonely.
  • They use the common graces of wisdom to better the lives of those who find their physical and spiritual lives impoverished.
  • They are called to develop the grace of liberality in the members of All Saints, collect the tithes and offerings of the church, and to distribute those gifts generously and wisely according to the needs of her members.
  • They are to lead the church in service.
  • They are to look after the physical needs of the church body and the physical needs of the church building, so that the church can effectively be a witness to the gospel in the world.
  • They are to come alongside the Elders and the other leaders of the church as they spiritually shepherd the members of All Saints, in order to assist this spiritual work and make up what may be lacking physically or otherwise for the full flourishing of each particular member of the church.
  • They are to lead the church in the service to the poor and destitute in the general community and seek to effectively manage the resources under their control to be a blessing to the world and aid in the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • They are also to lead the congregation in serving the church, setting an example by behavior, and encouraging individual members of the church to volunteer their time and talents to the church.

Deaconesses...

Are elected women who help lead the church in serving the church body spiritually and physically and being a necessary bridge between female members and the Elders and Deacons of the church.

  • They partner with the Elders, Deacons, and church staff to aid in the spiritual care of all her members.
  • They are to come alongside the Elders and other leaders of the church as they spiritually shepherd the members of All Saints, in order to assist this spiritual work, make up what may be lacking physically, and to bring the unique feminine perspective to enable the full flourishing of each particular member of the church.
  • They enable the voice of all churches members to be heard among the leadership.
  • They walk alongside women of the church in particular, providing spiritual, emotional, and practical help that they might become more like Jesus Christ and avoid crisis.
  • They are to bring to the surface of the leadership the spiritual and physical needs of the church at large.
  • They are to lead the church in the service to the women in the general community and seek to effectively manage the spiritual resources under their control to be a blessing to the world and aid in the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • They are also to lead the congregation in serving the church, setting an example by behavior, and encouraging individual members of the church to volunteer their time and talents to the church.
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