Governance & Elections
At Calvary, our governing body is the Session, which is presently comprised of 13 elders and the Senior Pastor (who plays the role of a non-voting moderator). Elders are active, non-employee members of Calvary Church and are elected by the congregation to serve four-year terms.
The Session's duties include leading the congregation in the pursuit of Calvary's mission, providing spiritual and financial oversight to the body and ministries, and managing all church property. The work of the Session is accomplished largely through its regular monthly meetings and its committees which are chaired by elders. The Session utilizes its Finance Committee to oversee the financial affairs of the church. An annual financial audit is conducted by an independent auditor.
Calvary holds a publicized annual congregational meeting each year to review our financials as a church family and review any recent developments or upcoming plans. In addition, any amendments to our church constitution are subject to approval by our members and would be voted on at that time.
Newcomers at Calvary are encouraged to attend our regularly occurring membership classes. The classes provide a personal introduction to Calvary, our beliefs, and our organization, and they are led by Pastor Munro. All participants receive a copy of our Core Documents (which include our Mission, Purpose, Articles of Faith, and Constitution) as part of the class materials.
Our Annual Elections
Following the pattern in Acts 6:1–7, the Calvary congregation identifies potential candidates for elder and deacon through the nomination process. The serving elders then review the candidates according to biblical qualification and present qualifying candidates to the congregation for election.
Scripture is clear that it is the Holy Spirit who guides us in choosing elders and deacons for service (Acts 20:28). Elders serve for 4-year terms and deacons serve for 3-year terms.
Our annual election for elders/deacons occurs each January and is preceded by an open nomination process for members. Nominations for the 2018 leadership election were accepted through Sunday, October 1.
The 2018 Election
Our 2018 election is scheduled for Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the conclusion of the morning worship service. Calvary Church members ages 18+ who are present on January 28 are eligible to vote. No absentee ballots will be accepted, and no ballots may be placed in the “late offering” box in the Galleria. In preparation for the election, candidates will be introduced during the evening service on January 21 at 6:00 pm. There is also an opportunity to meet the candidates at a reception in the Galleria following that service.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration and participation!