Opportunities for Service through the Councils and Committees of the Church
Every year, opportunities arise for people from congregations of the Church of Scotland to engage in service through involvement on the national Councils and Committees of the Church. On an annual cycle, around 100 people are needed to respond to this call to service. Being involved is an excellent way to get to know the Church better and a real opportunity for Christian service and witness. It is demanding yet rewarding work and I am writing to seek your active support in the process of finding the right people for the right jobs.
Please think carefully about approaching people whose skills and experience will be of particular use to a given area of work and encourage them to allow their names to be submitted. We are very keen to ensure a broad representation, but we depend on people in congregations and presbyteries to help us identify who might be suitable. Your help in this process is essential and warmly welcomed.
Nominees do require to be members of the Church of Scotland. If you are nominating someone, please approach the individual(s) concerned and complete the form together; the personal statement and data consent section should be prepared by the proposed nominee. Self-nomination is welcomed provided that the nomination is supported by a third party as listed on the form. All nominations will be considered carefully and treated confidentially.
Fuller details can be found on our page of the Church's website at www.churchofscotland.org.uk/nomination_committee. There you will find information about all of the Councils and Committees along with the nomination form. This should be completed and sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by hard copy to the Secretary of the Nomination Committee, Department of the General Assembly, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN. All submissions need to be with us by 30 November 2018.
The Nomination Committee meets in January to consider the submitted forms. Those selected will receive a written invitation early in the new year seeking their permission to allow their names to go forward to the General Assembly for final approval. Inevitably, not all proposed nominees will be asked to serve, though it is possible that they may be approached in connection with a different Council/Committee. It would be helpful if you could explain this to those whom you nominate.
A separate process exists for the nomination of Charity Trustees to the Council of Assembly, but as there are no scheduled vacancies this year this will not be invoked this time.
With grateful thanks for your kind consideration.