As stated in the EPC's Rules for Assembly, the ministries of the Assembly are conducted primarily through Permanent Committees and the Permanent Judicial Commission. In addition, Special Committees may be formed to address specific areas of concern or emphasis. Committee membership generally is limited to ruling elders and teaching elders, with the exception of:
- Christian Education & Communications, which may have up to two non-ordained members who are qualified in Christian Education and who are active members of EPC churches
- 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
- Women In Ministry, which is open to any woman who is an active member of an EPC church
- 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 Office of the General Assembly in Livonia, Michigan, which coordinates transportation, lodging, and meals. 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.
National Leadership Team
Board of Benefits
Chaplains Work & Care
Christian Education & Communications
Church Planting & Revitalization
Permanent Judicial Commission
Student & College Ministries
Women In Ministry
Church Planting Team
Church Revitalization Task Force
Constitution Revisions (Interim Committee)
Interim Committee on Ministerial Education (ICME)
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 Office of the General Assembly by February 28 of each year. Forms for endorsed individuals 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 contain the Nominating Process and Committee Descriptions reference materials.
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