Recommendations sought for Moderator of the General Assembly 2017

Rt Dr Russell Barr is installed as Moderator by his predecessor Very Rev Angus Morrison

The Church of Scotland is seeking recommendations of suitable people for the role of next year's Moderator of the General Assembly.

The 'committee elected to nominate the Moderator' has called upon the entire Church to bring forward candidates - who must be a minister, elder or deacon – using this form.

Completed forms should be sent to by 19 August 2016. The committee expects to meet short-listed candidates in September.

The Moderator - who moderates, or chairs, the annual General Assembly - is nominated by a committee which consists of 15 representatives elected by the General Assembly. The Moderator must also be formally elected by commissioners at the start of the Assembly, although this is a formality.

The office is held for one year only. Following the week of the General Assembly, the Moderator acts as an ambassador for the Church of Scotland, frequently being invited to represent the Church at official events at home and abroad.

Because the Kirk is Scotland's national church, and as a presbyterian church has no bishops, the Moderator is a prominent figure in the public life of the nation.

The Principal Clerk, Very Rev John Chalmers, said, "the Committee's work is to discern who God might be calling to this important role, but to do that it relies on the submission of nominations from every part of the Church of Scotland."

You can find out more about the current Moderator, Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr in the Moderator's section