Helpful Information and Job Descriptions for Elders and Deacons

Guidance and Resources for Elders and Deacons

Visit this posting on The Network for links to several informative articles for elders and deacons, including the Task Force to Study the Offices of Elder and Deacon (Synod 2015).

 

ELDERS

RESPONSIBILITIES AND JOB DESCRIPTION

In order to assist congregations and elders, the following job description template has been prepared and can be modified to reflect the specific needs of your congregation.

Please feel free to download the FileCRC Elder Job Description.docx

 

WORTH READING for ELDERS

Responsibilities according to the Charge to the Elders – inspiration and encouragement for those who may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being an elder.

The Elder, Worship and the Church Order – practical advice to elders for fulfilling their responsibility to oversee and regulate worship.

Responsibilities of Elder According to the Church Order – a summary of those articles within Church Order that specifically apply to the duties of elders.

Helpful Hints for Elders – Advice and ideas for new and experienced elders alike.

 

VIDEO WEBINAR

New Elders: Key to Understanding and Practices (webinar recorded on October 2, 2013)

 

When we are called to serve as an elder, we enter a new way of experiencing church. The responsibilities of church leadership and guiding the faith life of individuals and families require new focus and reflection. How do I exercise my leadership function? When does oversight become overbearing? For which key dangers should I be alert? What do I need to learn to better fulfill my calling? In this webinar we'll introduce the basics of how to discern vision and organizational identity, when the church becomes dysfunctional and how to grow our capacity as leaders and nurture our spiritual life.   

Our presenter:  Neil de Koning is pastor at Woody Nook CRC in Lacombe, AB.  Previously, he's served churches in Calgary and Sarnia.  Convinced that the role of the elder is vital to the spiritual and organizational health of a congregation, he has written a book (Guiding the Faith Journey) and served as the first Guide for the Elder’s Network.
 

 

DEACONS

RESPONSIBILITIES AND JOB DESCRIPTION

In order to assist congregations and deacons, the following job description template has been prepared and can be modified to reflect the specific needs of your congregation.

Please feel free to download the FileCRC Deacon Job Description.docx

 

RESOURCES FOR DEACONS

You will find many valuable resources for deacons at the Diaconal Ministries Canada website

 

VIDEO WEBINAR

Getting Started as a New Deacon (webinar recorded on October 9, 2013)

 

This webinar is designed to assist you in understanding the role and purpose of a deacon, where your skill and interests fit with this calling, how to best help people who are struggling, and to identify who are the deacons' partners in ministry. We will look at some practical steps to be effective in your specific deacon tasks and also how to become a deacon who leads and equips the congregation's members for service. Presenter: Donn Hansum, MSW, LCSW, is Director of Volunteers in Action, Denver, CO. He is a frequent workshop leader and consultant to deacons and has himself been a deacon on 3 different occasions. His passion is to equip and support deacons in their important role.

 

NOMINATION PROCESS

There are a variety of ways that congregations go through the process of recruiting, nominating and selecting elders and deacons.  The following documents are based on the process used by one particular congregation, and have been shared for you to use or adapt to meet your needs and circumstances.

PDF iconProcess for recruiting ELDERS AND DEACONS.pdf

PDF iconInvite letter to Info session.pdf