The Congregational Nominating Committee is an elected body that performs the search and selection of church officers for election by the congregation. This committee also selects special search committees such as a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) or Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC). It is chaired by an elder and comprises an elder and deacon representative and six members elected from the congregation.
When Does the Committee Meet?
The committee typically begins meeting in February or March and may meet bi-weekly or even weekly in April or May when most of the committee's work is done. Usually the slate is complete before summer but sometimes the committee may have to convene to select candidates to fill vacancies that occur later in the year (if an officer has to resign for some reason).
Candidates / Members
Candidates should be people who are actively involved in a variety of church ministries and represent as wide and balanced a cross section of the church population as possible. In short, they should be active members who know a lot of people.
The members of the congregational nominating committee must be able to exercise good judgment and discernment of people's talents in making decisions on who to call to which offices, and also must act with discretion when dealing with issues relating to why certain people are called and others are not.
It is desirable to have members who have served as elders or deacons, but that is not a prerequisite. In some cases members must act as a recruiter, so the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively are very helpful.
Some (but not all) members may be asked to make announcements at church services.
While most calls are made either in person or over the phone, it is highly desirable for all members to be able to communicate via email.