As members of ZPC, it is a blessing and responsibility to nominate and elect the elders and deacons who will lead us over the next three years. This process should only be undertaken with scriptural guidance and much prayer.
Members of the Board of Deacons serve as the leaders of ZPC’s care team ministries and serve as the coordinator and spiritual caretaker of one geographical group.
Elders, who along with the pastoral staff, make up the Session, are the spiritual and administrative leaders of the church. They exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibility for the life of our church and its mission.
The ZPC Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of nominees for the offices of Deacon and Elder for the Class of 2023. Needed are four Elders and eight Deacons who will serve through December 2023. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has also identified specific qualifications and responsibilities for the offices of elder and deacon which are listed below. You may nominate anyone who is a current active member of ZPC, including yourself. We are praying for your wisdom and ours as we pursue this important task together.
For answers about this process, please email Stevie Mulia, [ ].
Deacon Qualifications and Responsibilities:
The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.
It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord’s Supper.
Elder Qualifications and Responsibilities:
Elders should be persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel, both within the church and in the world.
It is the duty of elders, individually and jointly, to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation committed to their charge. Together with the pastor, they should encourage the people in the worship and service of God, equip and renew them for their tasks within the church and for their mission in the world, visit and comfort and care for the people, with special attention to the poor, the sick, the lonely, and those who are oppressed. They should inform the pastor and session of those persons and structures which may need special attention. They should assist in worship. Those duties which all Christians are bound to perform by the law of love are especially incumbent upon elders because of their calling to office and are to be fulfilled by them as official responsibilities.
Nominations must be submitted by Sunday, July 5.
2020 Nominating Committee:
Stevie Mulia, Elder, Committee Chair
Andrew Perrin, Elder representative
Aleks Johnson, Deacon representative
Rev. Dr. Jerry Deck, non-voting Pastor representative
Clay Barnes, At-Large representative
Todd Nelson, At-Large representative
Liz Todd, At-Large representative
Mike Woods, At-Large representative
ZPC's Organization Structure
The leadership of ZPC consists of pastors, elders, and deacons. We follow the organizational structure prescribed by the Presbyterian Church (USA), which includes the pastors, Session, and Board of Deacons. In addition to our staff and ordained elders and deacons, many ministry leaders give their time and passion to lead, teach, and serve our members and our community.