Nominate a member this November for the Session and Diaconate

Greetings from the Diaconate!

Fall is a significant time in the life of the church, and as we embark on a new ministry year, we rejoice at the many sisters and brothers who have stepped up to serve in various capacities such as leading/hosting Beta groups and serving on Sunday Service Teams. It has been heartening to see so many of you put your faith in action.

As we anticipate Redeemer’s Officer Nomination Month this November, we would like to remind you of the unique opportunity for Redeemer members to nominate their fellow members to serve as elders, deacons or deaconesses. Please partner with us in mobilizing mature Christians to respond to the calling God has given them.

Here are some things to consider as you look for a fellow member to nominate:

Elder candidates must have been Christians for at least three years and Redeemer members for at least one year. A minimum of three nominations is required. They must be men of character, able to equip and care for people spiritually, know their way around the Bible and be able to teach it. They should be comfortable praying with people in need as well as good managers.

Deacon and deaconess candidates must have been Christians for at least three years and either have been a Redeemer member for at least one year or a Redeemer member for at least six months with committed regular attendance at Redeemer for at least two years. They should demonstrate a practical and caring spirit as well as being spiritually discerning, above reproach, compassionate, emotionally and financially healthy and open to being used by the Lord in a challenging and rewarding ministry of mercy.

Calling: Calling is both inward and outward. A candidate should desire to serve and should be recognized by others as possessing the gifts and graces necessary for the task.

Character: Though no leader can expect to be perfect, he or she must be exemplary, modeling in a consistent way the character of Christ.

Competency: God calls elders, deacons and deaconesses to serve in distinct and varying ways. A candidate should evidence the inclination and ability to fulfill that particular biblical role.

Thank you in advance for your partnership. We are excited to see whom God brings to mind for you to nominate!

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