i corinthians 12:4-7 rsv
Nominating Committee is a small committee that must be representative
of the Meeting and familiar with its members and
attenders. It is selected by a small ad hoc committee who nominates
individuals to serve overlapping terms on the Nominating
Committee. They need to be discerning in judgment and tactful in
manner, and at the same time bold, giving opportunities to younger
Friends and to those more recently arrived, and encouragement to
those who underestimate their own potential for service. The great
responsibility of this committee cannot be too strongly stressed.
Nominating Committee is given the task of discerning how the gifts
of members and attenders may best serve the Meeting. Like all
committees, the Nominating Committee meets in worship seeking
divine guidance. The committee starts with a clear idea of the
Meeting’s needs regarding officers, committee membership, and
other responsibilities. Their goal is to appoint the best-qualified
persons while developing and using the resources of the whole
Meeting: the younger and newer as well as the older and more
experienced people. A Nominating Committee tries to understand
the qualifications needed for each individual appointment and the
need for a committee to function well together as a whole.However,
the list of vacancies is only a tool. The desire to fill all vacancies
should not distract the committee from its task of discernment.
responsibilities or jobs should rotate among Friends so that new
approaches can be practiced and individuals have an
opportunity to develop different gifts. Many gifts are latent. A
particular appointment may enable one Friend to exercise
unsuspected abilities. Another Friend may be overburdened by
being appointed to serve beyond his or her capacity and experience.
It requires great discernment to know the right moment to ask a
particular Friend to undertake or to lay down a particular task.
committees do not appoint. They bring their nominations to the
Meeting for Business to be held over one month
for the Meeting’s final approval. During the intervening
members must have the opportunity to express any doubts directly
to the Nominating Committee, while carefully recognizing that of
God in each person. A member of the Nominating Committee may
wish to meet with an objecting member to understand a concern.
When the objection demonstrates a lack of unity around that
specific nomination, the Nominating Committee should seek a
different person to carry out the task. No member should press
unduly to have a particular person appointed or not appointed.
duration and scope of each appointment should be explained to all
who are asked to accept nomination; the approach
should not be made casually or acceptance taken for granted. To
avoid misunderstandings about the tentative nature of the
nomination prior to its approval by Monthly Meeting, initially it
best to ask members and attenders whether they would consent to
serve if appointed by the Meeting. At times it may seem impossible
to find someone to serve. Nominating committees should not feel
obligated to fill vacancies that remain after the committee has
concluded faithful discernment.
following thoughtful consultation with Overseers, an appointment
may need to be ended ahead of schedule or an
appointed Friend may request release from service. A particular
concern arises when a committee member’s presence on a committee
could prevent another person’s access to that committee. In
a case, the committee member should be advised to resign. Nominating
committees should not hesitate to bring problems back to
the Meeting for guidance and practical help. Loving and tender care
for an appointment does not end when it is made. Having been fully
involved in making the appointments, the
Meeting must support and uphold those carrying out the tasks.
In the course of its work, the Nominating Committee may see
cause to consider the laying down of a committee and should report
this to Oversight for forwarding to the Meeting for Business.