The members of CGS understand themselves to be submissive to the ruling authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. Within that understanding, we are led locally by ordained officers. At CGS, we recognize two broad, scripturally based categories of church officers: Elders (which include -- as a subgroup -- our pastoral staff) and Deacons. Our Elders (excluding the pastoral staff) and Deacons are chosen annually by direct congregational election, and serve three-year terms.
Nominations for the offices of Elder or Deacon are currently being received from November 12-December 10, 2017 and can be made here. If you are a member and wish to participate in this nomination process, begin by praying and reviewing the qualifications required of elders and deacons, as laid forth in such passages as Acts 6, 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, and 1 Peter 5. With those passages as background, 1) Determine if you know of a potential nominee for elder or deacon who you believe meets those criteria, 2) Confirm that the individual is willing to be nominated, and then (3) Click here to submit an online nomination form. (If you prefer, paper nomination forms are available at the Welcome Desk outside the Sanctuary, office entrance lobby, or nursery lobby).
Men who are nominated will attend a series of preparation classes on Sunday mornings in early 2018. After that introductory series of classes, each nominee decides if he wishes to continue the process. All prospective officers will be examined by the Session via written exam and an interview, prior to standing for election in late May 2018.
- Deacons are ordained by the congregation. A sense of the roles and responsibilities of Deacons can be identified in Acts 6:1-6. They are recognized as individuals who are gifted as servant leaders concerned with the practical details of church life. At CGS, this includes a principal focus upon extending mercy ministries to those in need, both within CGS and beyond.
- The qualifications for Deacon are listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-12 and Acts 6:2-7. Note the emphasis upon being “men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom”.
- The work load associated with the office of Deacon varies, but averages approximately 3 hours per week.
- Ruling Elders are ordained by the congregation. Key texts describing the roles and responsibilities of Elders include Acts 20:18-31; Romans 12:8; Ephesians 4:11-16;
- 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:7, 17; and 1 Peter 5:1-4. These texts describe the four primary responsibilities assigned to the office of elder: 1) ministry of the Word (preaching and/or teaching, 2) shepherding, 3) leadership, and 4) serving as an example to the flock.
- The qualifications for the office of elder are given primarily in 1 Timothy 3:1-11, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-7. These passages outline high spiritual, moral, social, and familial qualifications.
- The work load associated with the office of Elder varies, but averages approximately 5-6 hours per week.