Elders, Deacons & Assistants

Great News on Election Results!

The ballots have been counted and I’m excited to announce that everyone on the ballot received an overwhelming majority of “Yes” votes! So this Sunday, we will ordain and install a new Elder and a new Deacon. And we’ll appoint 4 Elder Assistants and 3 Deacon Assistants:

Elder:  David Rhoads

Deacon:  Joel Baumgartner

Elder Assistants:  Beth Buckner, Michele Corbett, Kim Elliott, Jackie Vance

Deacon Assistants:  Marian Donohue, Tom Graham, Rebecca Lew

Ordination and installation brings God’s Holy Spirit to strengthen people for ministry through the symbol of laying hands on someone (1Timothy 1:6). It’s an acknowledgement of gifts and authority and a pledge of support. 

Appointing assistants is our way of recognizing these servant leaders who will bring strength, perspective, and wisdom to enhance the ministry of our church. 

This is an important service and will involve vows of commitment both from these leaders AND from the church, which you can read below.

VOWS FOR ELDERS, DEACONS, ASSISTANTS AND THE CONGREGATION:

Vows For Elders and Deacons:

  1. Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, to be the inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice?
  2. Do you sincerely receive and adopt the confession of Faith and the Catechisms of this Church, as containing the system of doctrine taught in the holy Scriptures; and do you further promise that if at any time you find yourself out of accord with any of the fundamentals of this system of doctrine, you will, on your own initiative, make known to your Session the change which has taken place in your views since the assumption of the ordination vow?
  3. Do you approve of the form of government and discipline of the Presbyterian church in America, in conformity with the general principles of Biblical polity?
  4. Do you accept the office of (Ruling Elder/Deacon) in this church, and promise faithfully to perform all the duties thereof, and to endeavor by the grace of God to adorn the profession of the Gospel in your life, and to set a worthy example before the church of which God has made you an officer?
  5. Do you promise to submit to the authority of the elders as it is reflected in the Bible?
  6. Do you promise to strive for the purity, peace, unity and edification of the Church?

Vow for Congregation to the Elders & Deacons:

Do you, the members of this church, acknowledge and receive this brother as a Ruling Elder/Deacon, and do you promise to yield to him all that honor, encouragement and obedience in the Lord to which his office, according to the Word of God and the Constitution of this Church, entitles them?

Vows for Elder Assistants and Deacon Assistants:

  1. Do you believe in the Vision and Values of our church, and are you willing to support and promote them in your life and ministry?
  2. Do you accept the role of Elder Assistant/Deacon Assistant, and promise faithfully to perform all the duties thereof, and to endeavor by the grace of God to adorn the profession of the Gospel in your life, and to set a worthy example before the church?
  3. Do you promise to submit to the authority of the elders as it is reflected in the Bible?
  4. Do you promise to strive for the purity, peace, unity and growth of our Church?

Vow for Congregation to the Elder & Deacon Assistants:

Do you, the members of this church, acknowledge and receive these men and women as Elder Assistants/Deacon Assistants, and do you promise to support them in their ministries?

With the April 30th election for Elders, Deacons, and Assistants quickly approaching, please take a few minutes to get to know our candidates! You can read the transcripts for each interview by clicking here, or watch them below.

Elder Candidate David Rhoads 

 

Elder Assistant Candidate Beth Buckner

 

Elder Assistant Candidate Michele Corbett

 

Elder Assistant Candidate Kim Elliott

 

Elder Assistant Candidate Jackie Vance

 

Deacon Candidate Joel Baumgartner

 

 

Deacon Assistant Candidate Marian Donahue

 

Deacon Assistant Candidate Tom Graham

 

Deacon Assistant Candidate Rebecca Lew

 

These men and women have gone through five months of training in theology and ministry. They have passed written and oral exams covering the subjects of Bible, Westminster Confession of Faith, our Book of Church Order, and practical ministry experience.
 
We’re going to have a congregational vote on Sunday, April 30th in a brief meeting following our Sunday service. Then on Sunday May 7th, we will officially Ordain and Install our Elders and Deacons, and Appoint our Elder Assistants and Deacon Assistants.
 
Here is the list of people we will vote on:

Elder:  David Rhoads
Elder Assistant:  Beth Buckner, Michele Corbett, Kim Elliott, Jackie Vance
Deacon:  Joel Baumgartner
Deacon Assistant:  Marian Donahue, Rebecca Lew, Tom Graham
 
On Election Sunday (4/30), you will be able to vote for any and all nominees that you would like to having serving in their roles. You may vote for multiple nominees in each role. Everyone who personally receives more yes votes than no votes will be elected. It is possible that every person nominated will be elected to the roles for which they’ve been nominated.


 
We are so excited about these men and women! They are committed to Jesus and His church. They are eager to lead and serve in these roles.  
If you can’t remember the specifics of what is required of these roles, please revisit the sermon series we preached through last year as we launched this process.  The first sermon from May 29 walks through the process we’ve followed with further explanation. Please listen to it if you missed it.

Remember, to vote you must be a member of Harbor City Church. If you’re interested in becoming a member of our church, please contact Mike Forrest and he will help you with the process. 

Elders are ordained to Shepherd and Oversee the health of the church. Oversight involves assessing and promoting the health of our church. Shepherding means making sure that everyone in our church is being cared for.

Deacons are ordained to Shepherd and Serve the needs of the church. Shepherding means caring for people. Serving means meeting the physical needs of people and caring for the church’s facilities.

Elder and Deacon Assistants are servant leaders who will strengthen the ministry of the Elders and Deacons, providing wisdom, perspective, energy, and effort to ensure that all of our needs are understood and met through the ministry of our church.

To read the full job descriptions for elders, deacons, and assistants, please click here. We also expect all of our leaders to embody our church’s five values.

For a more brief description and to see the nomination form, click here.

Prepare for the election on Sunday (4/30) by either getting to know these individuals or talking to me or any of the elders.
 
If you have any questions about the process, please email us at (
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Our Process for New Elders & Deacons

June-July          Sermon Series

June-July          Nominations

July                   Interview Nominees by Elders

July-Nov          Training

November        Examinations

December        Testimonies

January            Elections