The role of the Nominating Committee is to nominate people to the congregation for affirmation who will serve as Nominating Committee Member, Board Member, or Board Member/Elder. (When there is need to search for a new Senior Pastor, the Nominating Committee is also responsible for nominating a Search Committee.) We are accepting recommendations from the congregation from now until October 3, 2021.
We invite you to be in touch with us through our contact person: Marita de Leon email@example.com.
Here are some important resources:
- Recommendation form (for printing or to be filled out electronically and emailed to Marita de Leon firstname.lastname@example.org) to be filled out by the recommended and the recommender together and turned in by October 3, 2021
- Detailed list of roles and qualifications
- Overview of the process
- Crossway Constitution and By-Laws
- Crossway Core Values
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (last updated September 24, 2021). If you have other questions, please be in touch with us.
- Didn’t we just go through this process? Why are we doing it again?
- The Nominating Committee is intended to cycle through multiple people in the congregation so that there is good representation. People serve for 2-year terms, and they can serve 2 terms in a row before stepping aside (potentially to be considered again after at least 1 year away). The committee is made up of 4 members from the congregation, 2 members from the Board, along with the senior pastor. In 2022, we will have 2 empty seats, so we need to add 2 new people to the Nominating Committee in order to have the committee have its required 7 members.
- In terms of Board Member and Board Member/Elder, no one is stepping off the Board at this time, so there is not a particular need to add more members. Nevertheless, there is still the opportunity to add someone else to the Board if the congregation decides to do that.
- How are we to submit the recommendation form?
- The first option for submitting the recommendation form is to start with a printed copy, have both the recommended person and the recommending person initial and sign the form in the appropriate places. Then you can hand it to a Nominating Committee Member, mail it to the church address, put it in the offering box, or take a picture of both sides of the form and email it to Marita de Leon email@example.com.
- The other option is to complete a digital copy of the form in Adobe Acrobat and send it via email to Marita de Leon firstname.lastname@example.org. Either the recommended person or the recommending person can email the form, with a carbon copy also being sent to the other person.
- Who has access to the forms that are submitted?
- The Nominating Committee members will have access to the forms that are submitted, and they will keep all of this information confidential. At the end of this round of nominations, we anticipate that the information will then be available to the Board that is formed, and they will keep this information confidential.
- Can I recommend more than one person?
- Certainly, although the same person can only be recommended once for a role. Having multiple “recommenders” does not have an influence on the process.
- Do I have to be a member of the Crossway family to be recommended or to recommend someone?
- Both the recommended person and the recommender must be a member already, or become a member by the January church meeting. To learn more about membership, go to https://crosswaymchurch.org/membership/
- How long will these people serve?
- The terms are two years for Nominating Committee Member, and three years for Board Member and Board Member/Elder.
- Why is the Board Member role open to women and men, while the Board Member/Elder role is open to men only?
- The Bible clearly presents the primary leadership roles in the early church were filled by men only (with the possibility of a few exceptions). Since that time, Christians have taken one of two views: that the early church is a model for what should happen today as well (the “complementarian” view), and that the early church’s model does not necessarily apply in other cultures (the “egalitarian” view). Crossway is structured to blend these two views: we believe that the Bible teaches that there are some oversight responsibilities that are for men only (which are put in the “Board Member/Elder” responsibilities) and that there are other oversight responsibilities that can also be carried by women (which are put in the “Board Member” responsibilities). This is yet another situation where we are seeking to live together in harmony as a church even when we may view important issues differently, while eagerly joining together in the most critical questions of seeking God’s Kingdom through the Gospel.
- What is the congregation’s role in this process?
- The Crossway congregation is being asked to join us in prayer and also to recommend to us people for consideration. After the Nominating Committee’s discernment process, the congregation will be asked to vote in affirmation of the people that the Committee recommends to the congregation.
- Why is the congregation asked to affirm people rather than to select among a set of people?
- Through the discernment process of the Nominating Committee, we are asking the Nominating Committee to present to the congregation the people that they believe are qualified and whom God is calling to serve in these roles. The congregation is then being asked to affirm this discernment by their vote, rather than select among the people that the Nominating Committee have identified.
- What if the same person is recommended for more than one role?
- The person who is recommended is the one who must decide which role (or roles) he or she will be considered for. To help in making this decision, we encourage conversations by this person with members of the Nominating Committee to learn more about the different roles, qualifications, and expectations, and the potential match for this person. If the person decides to be considered for multiple roles, the Nominating Committee will decide which role (if any) to recommend for this person.