Committees of the General Assembly

Membership on these committees is generally limited to ruling and teaching elders, with the exception of:

(1) Christian Education and Communications, which may have up to two non-ordained members who are qualified in Christian Education and who are active members of EPC churches

(2) Student & College Ministries, which may have up to six non-ordained members who have particular expertise or experience in student and/or college ministry and who are active members of EPC churches

(3) Women In Ministry, which is open to any woman who is an active member of an EPC church

(4) World Outreach, which may have up to two non-ordained members with particular expertise or experience in world missions, and who are active members of EPC churches.

Terms are normally for three years and a person may serve two consecutive terms on the same committee followed by at least one year off. In accepting a nomination to committee membership, the nominee should clearly understand and be willing to accept the responsibility of active participation in the regular meetings of his or her committee.

Committees normally meet at the General Assembly office in Livonia, Michigan. Transportation, lodging, and meals are coordinated through the General Assembly office. Transportation costs are paid by the Assembly. Local EPC families provide housing at no cost to committee members. If a motel is preferred, expenses are the responsibility of the committee member. In some cases the committee member's church or presbytery agrees to reimburse lodging costs.

Ruling elders being nominated must be endorsed by their sessions and ministers must be endorsed by their presbyteries. Such endorsement reflects official action of that body, and is attested by the Clerk. The endorsement forms provided should be filled in as completely as possible, and returned to the General Assembly Office by February 28. Forms for endorsed persons are kept in the committee's active file for three years. At its March meeting, the Nominating Committee considers endorsed individuals for possible nomination for election to vacancies on the permanent committees.

NOTE: both forms also contain the Nominating Process and Committee Descriptions reference materials.

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