Lay Leader Lines October 2019

October 1st, 2019 by Kali Lewis

Q: I’ve been debating with myself on whether or not I would like to serve on a church committee or hold some office in the church. How do I apply for a position as an officer or committee member? Are there any specifications I need to have? If I get on a committee, how long would I serve?

A: If you are interested in holding an office in the church, all you need to do is let the pastor, lay leader or a member of the Lay Leadership Committee (formerly called the Nominating Committee) know. The members of this and all other committees are posted on the secretary’s desk and on a bulletin board in the entry. Some positions do have a requirement that the position be held by a church member in good standing in the church, and some specify the length of time which the person shall have been a church member (often two or three years). Some positions are for three year-terms, and some specify that the member cannot succeed him—or herself for a second term, although after a break the person can again serve on the same committee. Other committees have no term limitations. The specifications for each office are included in the Book of Discipline. In addition, the pastor has booklets which describe the qualifications and duties of each of the required church positions. Committees established by the local church and not required by the Book of Discipline such as our REACH Committee do not have any specifications other than those established by the local church. If you have ever toyed with the idea of serving the church as a committee member or church officer, why not give it a try? We can always use new members with fresh ideas and the unique skills which they can bring to the church leadership!