Who makes that decision?
With all that happens in the life of our church have you ever wondered who is monitoring and making the strategic decisions that ensure spiritual integrity and stewardship? During the COVID-19 pandemic, who was there to assist our pastor and ministry staff in making decisions that affected everything related to how our church operates?
The West Rome Baptist Elder Board
Many are aware, but some new members may not be, that West Rome has a servant leadership board of Elders tasked with providing spiritual leadership and accountability for our Lead Pastor and Church Staff as mandated by the church’s Bylaws. They ensure the current activities of the church are aligned with our purpose, and represent the final line of oversight in stewardship of the church’s resources. In addition, the Elder Board serves as a default nominating committee for staff hires and lay leadership positions. Legally, the Elders also serve as Trustees for the church as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Georgia.
A Biblical Role and Responsibility
The Church Elder Board is not simply an extra layer of leadership traditionally found in some churches. The position and characteristics of a church Elder are defined in the New Testament (1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9). Elders at West Rome serve two-year rotating terms, and we use these biblical qualifications, prayerful nominations, and a multi-layer interview process to fill vacant positions on the Elder Board.
We need your input.
As stipulated by our Bylaws, two of our Elders, Ben Culbertson and P.J. Lynn are rotating off the Elder Board. The Elder Board must always consist of the Pastor, a senior Staff Member, and 4 duly appointed lay leaders. These two have faithfully served our church during one of the most unique and challenging times in our history, and as their term ends in December it is time for our church members to nominate two new Elders to fill their vacant positions on the Board.
In the coming months, we will continue to navigate the new norm of a post-pandemic world, hire an Adults Pastor, and make many more strategically significant decisions as a church. Our responsibility as members to nominate leaders to lead us forward during this time has never been more critical. Your voice is the first one heard in this process. Please take time to prayerfully consider who you might nominate for this selection process. Your input matters.
How to make a nomination.
Nominees must have been a member of good standing at West Rome for at least two years as of November 1, 2020. To directly invest in the future leadership of your church, you may submit 1or 2 Elder Board nominations by simply clicking on the "Submit Nomination" button below.
All nominations must be submitted by
November 30, 2020