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In addition to the myriad good works to which we’re each called in our daily lives, some among us are also called to the periodic exercise of leadership within and on behalf of the larger Body.

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists,
some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ…
But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped,
as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:11-13,15-16

In addition to the myriad good works to which we’re each called in our daily lives, some among us are also called to the periodic exercise of leadership within and on behalf of the larger Body. Since the very beginning, the Church has depended upon the creative and competent leadership from certain of her members to assist in the Spirit’s work of calling forth and organizing our diverse gifts and passions for the sake of God’s work in the world. In order to be effective partners with God, it’s important that we be absolutely clear about the nature of God’s work in the world, about the manifestations of that work in our own time and place, and about the unique gifts, passions, and resources of the present community gathered by God here at Saint Mark’s. 

All this to say, effective leadership in the Church today requires the ability to hold God’s larger vision for the world alongside our own clear assessment of who God needs us to be today, here and now. It requires long-term commitment and short-term creativity – the ability to discern that which must be let go and that which must be taken up. It requires the capacity to see, to invite, to equip, to organize, and to honor the abundance of gifts God has given us – the ability to recruit and to align, to set goals and to strategize, to measure progress and assure accountability, to celebrate and to give thanks.

If this sounds like work you may enjoy and be good at, please review the summary below and reach out to your identified leaders today!  

In addition to fulfilling our basic Non-profit corporate and canonical responsibilities, Saint Mark’s Council Members:

  1. Hold and communicate Saint Mark’s vision and mission;
  2. Identify and align resources and program to fulfill Saint Mark’s vision and mission; and
  3. Coordinate and communicate efforts across various spheres of Saint Mark’s life and ministry.

Mindful of these responsibilities, Saint Mark’s Council seeks individuals who:

  1. Demonstrate a prayerful and discerning commitment to helping Saint Mark’s join God’s mission in the world;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to inspire, equip, organize, and mentor the work of others;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, to be project-based and outcome-focused, and to communicate clearly and proactively; and
  4. Demonstrate the ability to fulfill long-term commitments through short-term challenges.

The Nominations Committee is pleased to open the nominations process for 2018. One of the most important roles of your leadership is to welcome others into ministry. We ask that you prayerfully consider who might be best equipped for nomination, be it you or a fellow parishioner. We consider all roles to be sacred, including whether you are assisting with Sunday night supper, greeting those who enter our space with passionate welcome or serving in leadership. We are committed to openness throughout this process and welcome questions and comments.

Invitation

Members of the Congregation are invited to nominate candidates for election to the Council of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral.  The 2018 annual meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 28.  During the annual meeting, the Congregation will elect a Senior Warden, a Junior Warden, a Treasurer, and three additional members of the Council.

The Council

The Council is the lay administrative body of Saint Mark’s. It has responsibility for the care and management of the temporal affairs of the Cathedral. 

Positions on the Council

The Senior Warden and the Junior Warden are the primary lay executive officers of the Council, and they each serve terms of one year.  The Treasurer has oversight of the financial affairs of the Cathedral, and also serves a term of one year. The Clerk has a three-year term and is responsible for taking and distributing minutes for Council meetings. Nine additional members of the Cathedral Congregation normally sit on the Council.  They serve terms of three years, staggered so that three new members are generally elected every year.  

Eligibility for Voting, Making Nominations and Being Nominated

All adult Members of the Cathedral Congregation are eligible to vote in the election, and are also eligible to make nominations.  (Those who are at least 16 years old are adults for these purposes.) Those nominated for election to the Council must be currently active adult communicants of the Cathedral.  This means that, if they are pledging to the Cathedral, they are making regular contributions toward their pledges or, if they are not pledging, that they make regular financial contributions to the Cathedral.  It also means that they are regularly active in at least one Cathedral ministry, program or body, and are regularly attending Cathedral services.  

Additional Information on Attachments

We hope you will consider submitting one or more nominations to be considered for election to the Council at the annual meeting.  Attachment A to this Invitation is a Role Summary for Council members, which also contains lists of qualities, commitments, and responsibilities normally involved with service on the Council.  Attachment B to this Invitation is a set of nomination forms for you to use in making one or more nominations. Download the forms here

Form of Nominations 

All nominations must be in writing (preferably using the provide form(s)).  Nomination forms are also available online at the Cathedral website.  If a nomination is made without using one of the forms, it should contain substantially all the information called for on the applicable form.  Note that, as indicated on the forms, each nomination should include as an attachment a resume, c.v., or similar detailed background statement regarding the nominee.  Note also that any nomination submitted by a person other than the nominee must contain a confirmation that the nominee has consented to the nomination.

Specificity of Nominations

It is very important that each nomination specify the position for which the nomination is made:  Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, or Council member.  

Submission Instructions

All nominations must be delivered to the Cathedral office no later than 12:00 noon on Sunday, December 17, 2017.  Deliveries may also be made by email to the Cathedral officeDownload the forms here.

Review by Nominations Committee; Candidate List

The Nominations Committee will review all nominations, taking into account the specifications listed in this Invitation and the attached Role Summary.  The Nominations Committee will circulate a Candidates List for the election as soon as possible in December.  

To learn more, please contact the Dean, the Junior or Senior Warden, or go directly to the Chair of Nominations Committee, Mr. Tony Winer