ARTICLE IX. ELECTIONS, VACANCIES, AND REMOVALS
 

 

Section 1. Elections

 

 

A. Pastor

 

 

(1) The pastor shall be nominated by the church board. Recommendations may be made to the church board by any member of the assembly.

 

(2) The pastor shall be elected to serve for an indefinite period of time.

 

(3) Election shall be by secret ballot at the annual business meeting of the assembly or at a special business meeting called for that purpose. Only one candidate shall be considered at a time.

 

(4) A two-thirds majority vote of all votes cast shall be required to constitute an election.

 

(5) In the event either the pastor or any other member or members of the assembly shall challenge the validity of an election, the validity of the election shall be arbitrated by the District Executive Presbytery, or any three persons of its choice, and its decision shall be final.

 

 

B. Secretary

 

 

The secretary shall be elected by the church board from among its members. The term of office shall be one year, and the secretary may serve consecutive terms without limitation.

 

 

C. Treasurer

 

 

The treasurer shall be elected by the church board from among the active voting members of the assembly. The term of office shall be 1 year, and the treasurer may serve consecutive terms without limitation.

 

 

D. Deacons

 

 

Deacons shall be nominated by a nominating committee appointed by the church board (see Article VII, section 2C, paragraph [1][d]), and they shall be elected by a majority vote of those active voting members present at an annual business meeting of the assembly at which an election is to be conducted. Active voting members may recommend nominees to the nominating committee; however, nominations for deacon shall not be accepted from the floor during any business meeting without prior proof that the nominee meets the qualifications for a deacon. Deacons shall be elected for a 3-year term, and shall hold office until the annual business meeting at which their successor is elected. The terms of

 

deacons shall be staggered appropriately.

 

 

E. Trustees

 

 

Trustees shall be nominated by a nominating committee appointed by the church board, and they shall be elected by a majority vote of those active voting members present at an annual business meeting of the assembly at which an election is to be conducted. Trustees shall be elected for a 3-year term, and shall hold office until the annual business meeting at which their successor is elected. Trustees may serve consecutive terms without limitation.

 

 

Section 2. Vacancies and Removals

 

 

A. Pastor

 

 

When a vacancy in the office of the pastor shall occur, a temporary replacement shall be arranged for by the church board until a pastor shall be chosen as prescribed in Article IX, section 1A. The counsel of the district superintendent will be sought. When a pastor's credentials are withdrawn by the District or General Council, the pastor's term of office shall be automatically terminated. In the event a special business meeting is called by petition as provided in Article X, Section 3, for the purpose of considering the status of the pastor, a majority vote of all voting members present and voting shall be required to remove a pastor from office before his term expires. Severance pay shall be governed by Article XII, section 3C.

 

 

 

 

B. Secretary and Treasurer

 

 

The offices of secretary and treasurer shall be vacant upon the expiration of the term of office, or upon the termination of the officer's active membership, whichever shall occur first.

 

 

C. Deacons

 

 

The office of deacon shall be vacant upon the expiration of the term of office, or upon the termination of a deacon's active membership, whichever shall occur first.

 

 

D. In General

 

 

Any office or position of leadership in the church (other than that of the pastor) may be terminated by a majority vote of the active members present and voting at a special business meeting called for the limited purpose of removal of such member from office or position of leadership which he holds.

 

 

E. Filling Vacancies

 

 

Any office or position of leadership in the church (other than that of pastor) may be filled by appointment of the church board for the unexpired term.