I don't know if nominating committee is a SBC thing only, or if other Baptist use this, so I apologize if I don't make sense. I was selected to be on the nominating committee. Our committee is made up of 2 women and 3 men (one of which will be the Sunday School director). Our pastor serves on the committee, but only has a vote if the committee can't reach a decision. I don't wholeheartedly agree with this, but this is the way they have decided to do things. A little background on our church - church is SB, pastor is IB, only 2 deacons, and very old fashioned (to quote "this is the way we've always done it") and we do not have a constitution (though we have by-laws of which none apply to these questions). Our committee is very confused. The head of the committee asked us to define faithfulness, but the general concensus is that we don't count vacation against someone's faithfulness. It's considered the same as if someone is ill, someone who misses church because of their job, etc. Our head deacon is a Sunday School teacher and he misses an average of 12-15 Sundays a year because he goes camping. What about this -- a woman in our church has served as treasurer of our general fund for 15-20+ years. She is faithful, but her health is severly declining. She is starting to make little mistakes. She requires a lot of help to keep her job up. She is not able to give oral reports any longer to the church. Everyone is afraid to ask her to step out of the position -- they insist we have to ask her if she still wants to do the job. They are afraid if we take the job away from her, she will have no purpose for her life and just give up. To me, the right thing to do is honor her many years of service, but not give her the option to have the job again, and let her down gently. Just what is the purpose of the nominating committee? What criteria are we supposed to use in order to determine if someone should have a position? Aren't we supposed to look at the faithfulness to our church, their maturity in Christ, past performance, etc? Are there biblical standards that we should follow? My role in this committee at the moment -- I am a first timer to this committee, I am the youngest on the committee, I am the least knowledgable of the committee, I am most concerned about the welfare of our church (not whether someone is IB or SB, not whether my friend wants a job, etc). Any advice for me? Thanks.