NewHope is served by a committed Council comprised of seven elected volunteer members each serving a 2 year term, the Executive Pastor and the Senior Pastor. At NewHope’s AGM we appoint new and continuing Council members. The Council Members who take executive roles (Council Chair, Finance Director and Church Secretary) are elected to these roles by the assembled members.
Our next Annual General Meeting for NewHope Baptist Church will be held on Monday, 6th of June 2022. Four positions are up for nominations, being the Chair, the Church Secretary and two other members.
Church Council responsibilities and election procedures are detailed in Clause 7 of the NewHope Constitution and in the Nomination form. Nominating church members to serve on the Church Council may arise from the Church Council or church members.
The Church Council has responsibility for “encouraging and developing potential Council members so that the future leadership of the Church is assured” – 7.1(j). Accordingly, the Council is constantly in prayer and conversation about future Council members. In considering potential Council members careful attention is given to the following areas:
- Spiritual maturity & leadership capacity (Acts 6:1-7; 1 Tim. 3:8-13)
- The skills mix needed for good governance in a growing church
- Gender, ethnic and generational representation
- Experience in ministry and leadership at NewHope
- Church Council continuity
Also, Church members may consider nominating themselves or someone else to serve on the Council. In these circumstances the potential candidate should contact the Council Chair or Church Secretary to explore the scope of a Church Councillors’ role and responsibilities. The contact details are at the bottom of this article.
Note: “Only members who have been members of the church for at least 12 months immediately preceding the election will be eligible for election to the Church Council.” (7.3) Council members are required to obtain a Police Check and a Working with Children Check as part of their induction.
The formal process for nominating members involves the completion of a nomination form signed by three Church members and the nominee. This form is submitted to the Church Secretary by the close of the third week prior to the Annual General Meeting where voting will take place.