Nominations are now being accepted for the four at-large members of the Nominating Committee. The deadline for submission of nominee names is Monday, March 30. Nominated individuals who are active members of ZPC and eligible to serve on this committee will be contacted to determine their willingness to serve in this capacity. If they are eligible (not currently serving as an elder or deacon) and willing to serve, their name will be included on the slate of candidates brought before the members to vote on at the congregational meeting. This committee’s purpose is to bring a slate of candidates before the congregation for the offices of elder and deacon at ZPC who would serve beginning in 2021. Pastor Jerry serves ex-officio, as the moderator of the committee. Additional committee positions are designated by the session (the chair, a currently-serving elder [Stevie Mulia]; a currently-serving deacon representative [TBD]; and a non-serving elder representative [Andrew Perrin]).
The leadership of ZPC consists of pastors, elders, and deacons. We follow the organizational structure prescribed by the Presbyterian Church (USA), which includes the pastors, Session, and Board of Deacons. In addition to our staff and ordained elders and deacons, many ministry leaders give their time and passion to lead, teach, and serve our members and our community.
2019 Nominating Committee Elders and Deacons
The members of the committee were elected at a congregational meeting held on Sunday, March 24, 2019. The 2019 nominating committee members are:
Darin Stalbaum, non-Session Elder representative
Tim Millar, Deacon representative
Jason Gray, At-Large representative
Jenni Nolan, At-Large representative
Butch West, At-Large representative
Steve Wright, At-Large representative
Jerry Deck, non-voting Pastor representative
As members of ZPC, it is a blessing and responsibility to nominate and elect the elders and deacons who will lead us. This process should be undertaken with scriptural guidance and prayer. Members of the Board of Deacons serve as the leaders of ZPC's care team ministries and serve as the coordinator and spiritual caretaker of one geographical group. Elders, along with the pastoral staff, make up the Session and are the spiritual and administrative leaders of the church. They exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibility for the life of our church and its mission.
The ZPC Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of nominees for the offices of Deacon and Elder for the Class of 2022. Needed are four Elders and eight Deacons who will serve through December 2022. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has also identified specific qualifications and responsibilities for the offices of elder and deacon which are listed below. You may nominate anyone who is a current active member of ZPC, including yourself. We are praying for your wisdom and ours as we pursue this important task together.
Elder Qualifications and Responsibilities:
It is the duty of elders, individually and jointly, to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation committed to their charge. Together with the pastor, they should encourage the people in the worship and service of God, equip and renew them for their tasks within the church and for their mission in the world, visit and comfort and care for the people, with special attention to the poor, the sick, the lonely, and those who are oppressed. They should inform the pastor and session of those persons and structures which may need special attention. They should assist in worship. Those duties which all Christians are bound to perform by the law of love are especially incumbent upon elders because of their calling to office and are to be fulfilled by them as official responsibilities.