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Officer Recommendations

The All-Church Nominating Committee (ACNC) is seeking your suggestions for Brick Church leaders. Your involvement is crucial to identify the best possible candidates whom God is calling to take positions of responsibility at The Brick Church. The ACNC is identifying candidates for Deacons, Ruling Elders, Trustees, and at-large ACNC members.

With your help, the Committee will identify nine Deacons for a 3-year term (plus one Youth Deacon for a 1-year term), eight Ruling Elders for a 3-year term (plus one Youth Elder for a 1-year term), four Trustees, and five at-large members of the ACNC as nominees, to replace those rotating off or leaving these boards.

Please prayerfully consider recommending members of The Brick Church as candidates for these positions. Important criteria to consider include commitment to the Church, regular attendance at Worship, time and willingness to serve, and personal characteristics of dedication, good judgment, and the ability to work well with others. Self-nominations are also accepted.

The deadline for recommendation submissions is March 3, 2017. Completed forms can be left at the Reception Desk in the Garden Room and marked “ACNC.” You can also fill out the form on-line by clicking here. Please contact any of the ACNC members listed below to provide suggestions or to answer any questions.

Co-Chairs:  Anita Brickell and Shannon Henderson

Members:  Sallie Abelow, Robert Appleby, Shelby Carroll , William Crutchfield, Kaitlin Gambrill, Linda Gridley, and Frances Laserson.

Ex-officio:  Michael Lindvall, David Rose, and Ellsworth Stanton


Description of Church Officers

Each of the following offices has its own distinct calling and scope of responsibility.
No hierarchical relationship among them should be implied.

Ruling Elder
The Session of the Brick Church consists of 24 Ruling Elders (three classes of 8) serving three-year terms, 1 Youth Elder serving a one-year term, and includes the Senior Pastor (the Moderator), the Senior Associate Pastor, the Associate Pastors and the Clerk. The Session is responsible for the total church life of the congregation: the admission and dismissal of members; times and places of Worship, including the administration of the Sacraments; the use of the Church facilities; the budget; and all policies, including personnel, relating to the life of the Church. The Church constitution states that "Ruling Elders should be persons of faith, dedication and judgment. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel, both within the Church and in the world."

Deacon
The Board of Deacons consists of 27 Deacons (three classes of 9) serving three-year terms and one Youth Deacon serving a one-year term and includes the Senior Associate Pastor as an advisory member. The Deacons are essentially the Church’s arm of compassion, a service group ministering to the congregation, as well as those in need in the Church’s outreach programs. Established ministries of the Deacons include (Inreach) Lay Pastoral Care, Youth and New Member ministries and (Outreach) Blood Drive, Christmas Party, Friday Night Dinner Program, Habitat for Humanity, Inwood House, Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, Mission Outreach Catalog, New York Common Pantry, Prison Ministry, Search and Care and Storefront Academy Harlem. The Church constitution says of Deacons: “Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.”

Trustee
The Board of Trustees consists of 12 Trustees (three classes of 4) serving a three-year term, a Treasurer (ex-officio), a Legal Advisory Committee, and the Senior Pastor as an advisory member. Members of the Board of Trustees are the Directors of The Corporation of the Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York and are 12 in number. The Trustees have among their responsibilities: monitoring the finances of the Church, including participation in the planning, stewardship and oversight processes; fiduciary responsibility for conserving and enhancing the Church's physical properties and financial assets, including matters relating to insurance coverage and major plant and capital replacements; and development of programs to encourage bequests.

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