In our Presbyterian tradition the elders and deacons are called into service through
a congregational nominating process. Each year the Nominating Committee gathers to
pray and discern who God is calling to serve in these key leadership positions. Please
hold the Nominating Committee in prayer as they do their work each spring.
NOMINATIONS FOR CHURCH OFFICE
Qualifications for Elder and Deacon:
Qualifications for Elders: Has skills in problem solving and leadership and will work with others as they strive to meet common goals.
Qualifications for Deacons: Has skills in listening and in caring for others.
Please submit names, gifts, skills and interests to the attention of the Nominating Committee and in care of the church office.
WHY DO YOU SERVE? “BECAUSE I CAN.”
When asked why he serves as an elder at Cottonwood, the individual said, “Because I can.” The same response was given by a woman who serves as deacon. In the discussion that followed, each, in their own words, shared that they have the particular gifts, skills, and interests that are needed in their particular roles and thus they felt “called” to use those gifts in the service of God through Cottonwood Presbyterian.
Each year, the Nominating Committee seeks other active members who feel “called” to serve. The Bible says that God has given everyone spiritual gifts for the purpose of building up God’s church. Paul tells the Corinthians, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” He goes on to say, in I Corinthians 12:12-31, that God has given each of us different gifts so that we may work together, just as parts of the body, to be the body of Christ in our world.
If you’re not sure what your gifts are, the Nominating Committee will be happy to give you a “spiritual gifts inventory,” a self-assessment that may cause you to think of your abilities and interests in a different way. It may help you to discern a “call” to be part of a committee or in a leadership role at Cottonwood.
Together, we can make Cottonwood the church God needs us to be.