Governance & Elections
At Calvary, our governing body is the Session, which is presently comprised of 11 elders and the Senior Pastor (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 most recent annual congregational meeting was held on Sunday, August 5 after the morning worship service. As a part of the agenda, Constitutional and Article of Faith updates were presented for review and passed during a special congregational meeting on November 11, 2018. Click here to read our updated Articles of Faith.
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. In 2018, nominations were accepted through September 30. Short bios of those on the ballot were available in hard copy and online.
On Sunday, January 20, at our evening service, our elder candidates presented their testimonies to the congregation and our deacon candidates were introduced individually by video. Our annual election was held after the morning worship service on Sunday, January 27, 2019.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration and participation, and please continue to pray for our leaders!