2018 GENERAL ASSEMBLY FORMS
Nomination of Commissioners and Delegates to the 223rd General Assembly – June 2018
The nomination forms for Teaching Elder, Ruling Elder Commissioners, and the Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) to the 223rd General Assembly to be held in St. Louis, MO, June 16-23, 2018 are included on this page. The forms are based on the criteria adopted in 2007 by the Presbytery. Transportation to the General Assembly as well as the room and board during the Assembly are paid for commissioners in accordance with General Assembly policy. A new Dependent Care Reimbursement Policy was developed for commissioners and advisory delegates to the General Assembly – beginning with the 222nd GA (2016).
The Nominating Committee of National Capital Presbytery has made small revisions to the forms that we feel clarify the information being requested. A specific change will be found in the theological spectrum on the second page. It is our mandate to nominate commissioners who reflect the theological diversity that exists in this Presbytery. Assuring an appropriate balance of clergy/lay, male/female, age and racial/ethnic groups, geographical areas, and sizes of congregations is challenging, but possible, because these characteristics are easily discernible. Assuring a diverse representation of theological positions is difficult when the Nominating Committee is not familiar with the theological perspectives of the nominees. We sincerely hope that giving nominees the opportunity to place themselves on a continuum and then asking them to explain why they placed themselves in that particular spot will draw out nuances that mere labels only confound, thus enabling this committee to provide a slate of candidates that represents the theological diversity of this Presbytery.
Another very important reminder is that the G.A. Nomination forms may ONLY be submitted electronically. No paper copies will be accepted. Since commissioners to General Assembly must be familiar with electronic communication in order to receive all the information needed for the Assembly, we feel this an important step in determining that capability.
- Clergy will complete the form and should then attach it to an email to me, as indicated on the forms.
- Elders and those seeking to be YAADs will complete the form and send it electronically to their Clerk or Moderator of Session. The Clerk or Moderator shall complete the form after the Session has endorsed the nomination, and then send the form electronically to me as an email attachment.
- Reference forms (required for elder and YAAD nominees, and recommended for minister nominees) are to be submitted by the person writing the recommendation and sent as an email attachment to me. Elder and YAAD nominees are required to submit at least one reference but may submit up to two more if desired. All must be sent by e-mail to me.
- A photograph of each nominee should be sent to me electronically.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL FORMS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 29, 2017.
The committee will post its slate online by October 30, 2017. Anyone not nominated who wishes to be nominated from the floor must submit a completed form to the Presbytery office two weeks before the November 14, 2017, Presbytery meeting, (i.e., by October 31, 2017). The criteria for nominating commissioners from National Capital Presbytery to the General Assembly, including nominations from the floor, may be found here.
If you have questions about this process, please contact me at email@example.com.
Chair, NCP Nominating Committee
The forms are in Microsoft Word format so that they can be filled out and returned electronically. To download you need to Right Click on the appropriate form, choose “Save As” and save it on your computer.