Presbyterians choose, through nominations and elections, those who will guide the local congregation. A nominating committee presents a slate of officers for election to the congregation at the annual meeting held in the spring. A new nominating committee is also elected at the annual meeting. It’s an exciting time as we search for a variety of individuals with gifts and talents to share.
The Nominating Committee seeks a balance of men and women, newer members and longer-term members, younger members and older members. All members are eligible — the only requirement is a willing heart, growing in faith. Members are encouraged to offer up to the Nominating Committee the names of those whom they feel God has gifted to serve as a church officer, in the role of Elder, Deacon, or Nominating Committee member.
The Session of First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette, composed of ordained Elder members elected by the Congregation, is the official governing body of our church. To further our church’s mission to “Experience God, Grow Disciples, and Transform Lives” and to support its responsibilities, the Session has established thirteen committees, as well as other groups within the church.
Each elder has a leadership role in of one of these ministry groups: