Committees and other volunteer positions within the Church

Members of the Church of Scotland can volunteer or be nominated for committees and other roles. The committees and groups that are currently seeking new members are listed below.

Committee to Nominate the Moderator

Help choose the next Moderator of the Church of Scotland.

The committee charged with the task of choosing the Kirk’s ambassador at home and abroad for 2022-23 needs 15 members. The important role is open to elders, deacons, and ministers of all ages.

The deadline for nominations is 7 February. Those interested in serving should email a completed nominations form to nominations@churchofscotland.org.uk

Housing and Loan Fund Trustee

The Church of Scotland Housing and Loan Fund for Retired Ministers and Widows and Widowers of Ministers (The Housing and Loan Fund) is seeking a new Trustee to be appointed at the General Assembly in 2021.

The Fund provides assistance by way of a house to rent or a loan for house purchase to qualifying retired ministers, widows or widows of ministers and separated or divorced spouses and civil partners.

The Fund Trustees usually meet 5 times a year.

The new Trustee should be a member of the Church of Scotland.

The Fund is particularly seeking applicants with social care/ care of the elderly experience.

To express interest, please contact the Secretary Hazel Bett at Hbett@churchofscotland.org.uk

Closing date: 12 noon, Thursday 7 January 2021

Interviews: Monday 25 January 2021

Standing Committees

Membership of standing committees within the Church is determined by the Nomination Committee.

As set out in Reg 1 2013 Nomination of the Moderator of the General Assembly (as amended 2020), from 2020 onwards, nominations will also be received by the Nomination Committee for the Committee to Nominate the Moderator. Please note, only ministers, deacons and elders may serve on this committee.

How to nominate someone to a standing committee

To nominate a potential member for one of the committees listed below, please complete a nomination form and send by email to nominations@churchofscotland.org.uk.

All submissions need to be with us by 20 January 2021.

Please note that due to the process involved, late submissions will not be considered.

Nominees must be a member of the Church of Scotland. Self-nomination is acceptable provided that the nomination is 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 in January, 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. Please explain this to those whom you nominate.

We welcome nominations on behalf of the Church of Scotland Investors Trust. These will be passed direct to the Trust for consideration, rather than to the Nomination Committee.

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

Committees currently accepting nominations

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group

The Church of Scotland is forming an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group as we strive to shape strategies and tailored projects fit for the whole Church in this very important area.

This group’s focus will be to ensure that the culture, policies and practices of the Church reflect our values in general, and the values of equality and inclusion in particular, based on the “protected characteristics” set out in the Equality Act 2010 (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation).

We are seeking members with the experience and desire to develop new tools and equip the Church as a whole to meet this challenge. Visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group page for more information.