Perhaps the powers that be could also link/add this to the elders forum.
I am studying and would like to write about the process church councils engage in every spring or fall as they nominate potential elders or deacons (depending on when you rotate officebearers).
Part of the writing I will do will be a discussion about the positives and negatives surrounding the election process of elders or deacons. Some churches use the more or less "traditional" election process where the congregation votes on a slate provided by the Council. Others use the lot process, provided that they follow the guidelines of Church Order that the congregation has "meaningful input" in selecting eligible candidates.
What I would like to hear from you is, "How does your council and congregation go about selecting eligible candidates?" At the church I serve, the congregation is asked to submit the names of those whom they feel are qualified to serve. From there, the process gets messy. An uneven set of criteria are used to cull the list down. Some things are fairly objective, for instance, no immediate family members should serve together on council. Other things are subjective. For instance, I recently heard from one council member, "I have a problem serving with this person because he doesn't pay his bills." Prior to this comment, no one had a reason to keep this person off "the list."
Our process is high on subjective opinion and low on objective accountability. Are there any of you who believe that you do the nomination process well?
I'd love to hear from you.