Nomination Committee

Would you like to have a hand in helping to shape the future of the Church of Scotland? Are you a member, elder, deacon, or minister of the Church? Would you be willing to serve on a Standing Committee (an Agency of the "Unincorporated Entities") of the Church, bringing your life experiences, vision, and enthusiasm to help the Church serve in the name of Jesus?

Our remit

The Nomination Committee is tasked with identifying members, elders, deacons, and ministers with particular skills and experience for serving on an agency of the Church. The Committee then recommends those names to the General Assembly. The Assembly has the power to accept or reject these nominations.

Proposing individuals for appointment

The Committee's task is to identify people 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 and your assistance as a member of the Church is warmly invited.

Self-nomination is acceptable, although the nomination must be supported by a third party as listed on the nomination form. If you are nominating someone else, please approach the individual(s) concerned and complete the form together.

Once the Committee has met, those selected will be contacted. Inevitably, not all nominees will be asked to serve, though it is possible that they may be approached in connection with a different agency. It would be helpful if you could explain this to those whom you nominate.

Individuals who wish to be nominated in the role of Convenor or Vice Convener of the Faith Nurture Forum and the Faith Impact Forum will be required to submit a CV and two references from their most recent work setting(s). In addition, they will have to submit an expression of interest, setting out their suitability for the role and demonstrating how they meet the required criteria. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 3 December, with interviews for convenership taking place on Tuesday 10 December. The Nomination Committee will then consider convenership and membership of the Forums on Wednesday 18 December.

The criteria for Faith Nurture Forum and Faith Impact Forum appointments is provided in the Information for potential members section below.

To submit a proposal for membership of a Standing Committee, including the Faith Nurture Forum and the Faith Impact Forum, please complete a nomination form and submit this online by 12 Noon on Monday 9 December. We recommend you save a copy of the completed form for your records. If you experience difficulties with the online form, then please send an email to nominations@churchofscotland.org.uk to request the form in Word format. Deadlines for these posts are extremely tight this year so if you are interested please submit in good time.

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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.

Any queries on the nomination process should be emailed to nominations@churchofscotland.org.uk

Information for potential members

The Nomination Committee also considers membership to the following Standing Committees. Where available, further information is provided below:

Nomination Process to Legal Bodies

For the process of nominating to legal bodies, please contact the Office of the Principal Clerk at the Church offices in Edinburgh. The bodies concerned are the following:

  • Appeals Committee of the Commission of Assembly
  • Judicial Commission
  • Judicial Panel
  • Ministries Appeal Panel
  • Discipline Tribunal/Presbyterial Commission

From June 2018 onwards, the Legal Questions Committee (LQC) will be asked to draw up a list of people whom it considers suitably qualified to serve on each of the bodies involved. If any forms are submitted through the wider nomination process, these will be passed directly to the Convener of LQC for consideration as to suitability.

The Nomination Committee will receive a list of names at its January meeting as agreed by representatives of the Nomination Committee, the LQC, the Principal Clerk, and the Solicitor. The Committee will then approve the list, subject to discussion, confident that it came to the Committee with the degree of independent scrutiny required. For the avoidance of doubt, the Nomination Committee will not receive any names other than those actually being put forward for nomination. The names will then be passed to the General Assembly in the normal fashion for appointment.

Nominations to the Legal Questions Committee shall continue to be handled through the regular process of nomination for all other bodies in the Church.

Our membership

The Nomination Committee has a Convener, Lynsey Kimmitt; a Vice-Convener, Bill Wishart; and 24 members appointed by the General Assembly.

Contact for more information

If you require any further information about the Nomination Committee, please email nominations@churchofscotland.org.uk or contact us at the Office of the Assembly Trustees in the Church offices in Edinburgh on 0131 240 2229.

Meetings

The Nomination Committee usually meets twice a year, in August and January. It does not produce minutes and its recommendations are reported directly to the General Assembly.