Who makes that decision? West Rome has a servant leadership board of Elders tasked with providing spiritual leadership and accountability for our Lead Pastor and Church Staff. They ensure the 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 of the church as a nonprofit corporation.
A Biblical Role and Responsibility. The 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 & Titus 1:6-9). We use these biblical qualifications, prayerful nominations, and a multi-layer interview process to select Elders. Elders at West Rome serve a 2-4 year rotating term.
We need your input. Two of our Elders, Dan Bevels and Bill Kobek, are rotating off the Elder Board in December. We are grateful for all they have done serving our church faithfully in their role as Elders. The Elder Board must always consist of 6 Elders - the Lead Pastor, a senior Staff Member, and 4 members of the church appointed by the church body.
How to make a nomination. Nominees must have been a member of good standing at West Rome for at least two years as of September 1, 2022. As a member of West Rome you have the opportunity to submit 1 or 2 Elder Board nominations by clicking the link below.