At the conclusion of the worship service on Sunday, June 5, Trinity's membership will have the opportunity to vote "yes" or "no" for each person nominated for one of our church leadership roles. This is an important piece of the process to confirm the selection of the church's leaders, as the members consider the nominees' character and maturity relative to the standards outlined in the New Testament (which we've talked about in our current Sunday morning series on Church Life from 1st Timothy). Elders are spiritual leaders who share the responsibility of shepherding the flock. Deacons exercise leadership related to the church's ministries of mercy and in matters of our physical facilities.
ELDERS: With the members' assent, we will continue another year with 4 elders -- one coming in while another steps out for a break. Phil Sprunger is up for recertification this year in his profession, so he will be taking a one-year sabbatical from his church leadership role while he does the necessary study and attends the required conferences. Nick Clark, already a regular teacher in our Sunday morning Cross Training program, will be on the elders ballot for the first time pending confirmation by TBC's members, and Jim Dudley is slated to continue on the team for another 2-year term. Tom Brown has asked us to extend his current sabbatical another year. Pastors Doug Dean and Mark Anderson are elders ex officio.
DEACONS: Three of our current deacons have agreed to serve for another one-year term if okayed via the ballot -- we're grateful for the faithful service of Josh Monroe, Glen Moyer, and Dan Thompson. Brian Pauling has one more year on his current term and Scott Blasingame another two years.
To be confirmed for office, a nominee must receive a "yes" vote from 75% of members present and voting. (Note: the nominees are not running against each other; if all receive 75% or more affirmative votes, all will serve in their respective leadership positions.)