Would you like to have a hand in helping to shape the future of the Church and of Scotland? Are you a member, elder, deacon or minister of the Church? Would you be willing to serve on a central committee of the Church, bringing your life experiences, vision and enthusiasm to help the Church serve in the name of Jesus?
The remit of the Nomination Committee is to identify ministers, deacons, elders and members with particular skills and experience for serving on the Church's councils and standing committees, and then recommend those names to the General Assembly. The Assembly has the power to accept or reject these nominations.
The Committee meets in January to select individuals for appointment.
Information on what is expected from members on each of the councils and standing committees is shown below. Fuller details can be found in the Year Book.
Proposing individuals for appointment
The Committee's task is to identify ministers, deacons, elders and members whose skills and experience will be of particular use to a given area of work. It also seeks to maintain age and gender balance and a fair geographical representation.
There are many people with the necessary skills and commitment but the Committee relies heavily on suggestions from across the Church. Your assistance as a member of the Church is warmly invited, and a proforma can be downloaded from below for this purpose.
Self-nomination is acceptable, though the nomination does require to be supported by a third party as listed on the proforma. If you are nominating someone else, please approach the individual(s) concerned and complete the proforma together.
Once the Committee has met, those selected will receive a written invitation to accept nomination. Inevitably, not all nominees will be asked to serve, though it is possible that they may be approached in connection with a different Council/Committee. It would be helpful if you could explain this to those whom you nominate.
To submit a proposal, please complete our Nomination form.
Alternatively, you can save the following attachment and send the completed form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are experiencing problems completing the downloadable, PDF version of the form, you may require the latest version of Adobe's PDF Reader software.
Or you can send a completed copy of the form in hard copy to:The Secretary, Nomination Committee,
Church of Scotland Offices,
121 George Street,
All proposals must be submitted by 30 November.
Information for potential members
The Nomination Committee considers names for appointment to these councils and committees and you can download information on what is expected from members who are appointed to them.
- Panel on Review and Reform
- Church and Society Council
- Ministries Council
- Mission and Discipleship Council
- Social Care Council
- World Mission Council
- Assembly Arrangements Committee
- Audit Committee
- Chaplains to HM Forces Committee
- Church Art and Architecture Committee
- Ecumenical Relations Committee
- Legal Questions Committee
- Nomination Committee
- Safeguarding Committee
- Theological Forum
- Arbitration Panel
- Iona Community Board
- Judicial Commission
- Judicial Proceedings Panel
- Church of Scotland Investors Trust
- Ministries Appeal Panel
- Personnel Appeal Panel
- Safeguarding Appeal Panel
- Life & Work Advisory Group
- Registration of Ministries Committee
Nominations are also invited on behalf of the Church of Scotland Investors Trust. These will be passed direct to that body for consideration rather than to the Nomination Committee.
The Nomination Committee has a Convener, the Rev Kenneth Stott, and a Vice-Convener, Ann Lyall DCS. The Secretary to the Council of Assembly, Rev Dr Martin Scott, is the committee secretary. The committee has a total membership of 26.
Contact for more information
If you require any further information about the Nomination Committee please email or contact us at the Church's offices in Edinburgh.
The Nomination Committee usually meets twice a year in August and January. It does not produce minutes and its recommendations go directly to the General Assembly in the Blue Book.