At the conclusion of the worship service on Sunday, June 11, 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 (you can hear Doug talk about these in a sermon from 2016). 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: Phil Sprunger is on the ballot for a 3-year term after having taken a sabbatical over the past year. Nick Clark is also on the ballot to extend his time for another 2-year term. Not on the ballot but rounding out the team is Jim Dudley, who has another year left of his current term. Pastors Doug Dean and Mark Anderson are elders ex officio.
DEACONS: We've asked Paul Cole to be on the ballot to join the deacon team, and as is our custom, he'll start out with a one-year term if confirmed by the vote of the members. Three of our current deacons have agreed to serve for another one-year term if okayed via the ballot -- Glen Moyer for three years, Dan Thompson for two years, and Brian Pauling for one year. Scott Blasingame has one more year on his current term. Josh Monroe has chosen to opt out for another term as deacon while continuing other ministries that he does in the church family and as he prepares to welcome a new baby to the family.
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.)