How are church stewards appointed?
While prayer should underpin the process by which prospective
church stewards are appointed there are some practical boxes to
Informal conversations kick off the process. Often existing
stewards, the presbyter or other groups and individuals within
the local church will have someone in mind. The prospective
candidate is then asked, either by letter, phone or a
face-to-face chat, to consider the appointment. It is important
that enough time is allowed for them to think about how the role
will balance with family life and other commitments.
The practice of pre-selection should be carefully judged so
that the post remains open to all those eligible
within the local church, and not just those the
existing stewards know well.
However, the church can really benefit from this
approach as it allows those with experience to use their
valuable insight and can help build up a practice of 'succession
planning', helping to ensure the post can always be filled.
Once a potential church steward has agreed that they are ready and
willing to take up the role a written nomination is given to the
minister, who then takes it to the General Church Meeting. It is
there that the formal process of appointment happens, when the
members of the General Church Meeting vote.
Further information about the appointment of church stewards can
be found in Standing Order 632. This can be found in Volume 2 of CPD
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