Monday, May 18, 2009

DIY: Nominating Committee

This year marks (more or less) the 25th Nominating Committee I've advised as a pastor -- and over the years, I've boiled down my advice to three commands, three suggestions, and one request. Here they are:

Three Commands:
  1. What we say here, stays here. Don't pass on even the most innocuous remark, not even to your spouse.
  2. Don't promise a job to anyone until you've checked with the committee. This will save you going back to that person and saying, "Nope -- they picked somebody else."
  3. Nobody's agreed to a job until they say they've agreed to the job. I know, I know -- you were in a rush, you were sure they'd accept, so you went ahead and put down their name without checking with them. Guess what? Now you've made them so mad they'll quit.
Three suggestions:
  1. Fill the tough jobs first. And yes, I'm talking about the children's Sabbath School divisions.
  2. Pick the person in charge, then ask for that person's suggestions about assistants. This can be really helpful when it comes to picking deacons, deaconesses, and assistant leaders in the children's divisions.
  3. Don't wait until the night before our next meeting to phone the people on your list. You won't be able to get in touch with some of them -- and when we ask you what kind of luck you had, you'll hem and haw and finally say something lame like, "I've been having a hard time getting in touch with them" . . . and that will mean we need to meet again.
One request:
  1. When it comes to choosing the head elder . . . the Nominating Committee gets to pick this person -- but the pastor should get veto power.


Bill A said...

Those are pretty good suggestions.

Here's the one that worked for us.

Get rid of Nominating Committee.

Put people in places that match their spiritual gifts and let them serve. When they need a break or want to move on, Thank them for their service and get someone else to serve. It's really a much better system than "randomly" picking people to serve for a year or two.

Pastor Greg said...

Actually, you've pretty much described the work of our church's Nominating Committee.

Or am I missing something?

Daniel said...

The veto power for pastor in electing elders is not in our church manual. This gives to much power to the pastor. He is not the president of the church. He is a simple man.
Hey, don't judge me. I'm an adventist pastor!