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?
The remit of the Nomination Committee is to identify members, elders, deacons and ministers with particular skills and experience for serving on an agency of the Church, and then recommend those names to the General Assembly. The Assembly has the power to accept or reject these nominations.
In line with the decisions made at the 2019 General Assembly, recommendations are being brought to a Commission of Assembly in November 2019 to create two new agencies. These will replace the existing Church and Society, Ministries, Mission and Discipleship and World Mission Councils. These two new agencies will focus on Faith Nurture and the supporting and resourcing of all of the Church's ministries and congregational development (broadly the current work of Ministries and Mission and Discipleship) and Faith Impact and the supporting and resourcing of all of the Church's local and global partnerships (broadly the work of Church and Society and World Mission).
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, though the nomination does require to 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 proforma 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.
To submit a proposal, please complete a nomination form and send by email to submit this online. We would recommend that you save a copy of the completed form for your records.
All proposals for the new 'Faith Nurture' and 'Faith Impact' agencies must be submitted by Friday 18 October 2019.
Please note: All proposals for the other agencies will be received between 1 November and Monday 9 December 2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for potential members
From 1 November 2019 information on the other agencies will be provided here. [links to information sheets will be inserted for each of the agencies listed below]
- Assembly Business Committee
- Audit Committee
- Chaplains to Her Majesty's Forces Committee
- Church Art and Architecture Committee
- Ecumenical Relations Committee
- Iona Community Board
- Legal Questions Committee
- Life and Work Advisory Group
- Nomination Committee
- Personnel Appeal Group
- Registration of Ministries Committee
- Safeguarding Appeal Panel
- Safeguarding Committee
- Social Care Council
- Theological Forum
Nomination Process to Legal Bodies
To get in touch with the Legal Questions Committee regarding the nomination process 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 Proceedings Panel;
- Ministries Appeal Panel; and
- 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.
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 email@example.com or contact us at the Office of the Assembly Trustees in the Church offices in Edinburgh on 0131 240 2229.
An additional meeting of the Nomination Committee is scheduled for Friday 25 October 2019. This is to allow the Committee to agree names to be brought to the Commission of Assembly in November 2019 for the Conveners, Vice-Conveners and membership to the two new agencies.
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.