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Nominating Committee Constitution: Writing Congregational Bylaws
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Sample Provisions

Example 1: The Nominations Committee shall be composed of five (5) voting members. Terms of office for Committee members shall begin on July 1 of the first fiscal year after election and end on June 30 of the second fiscal year. Terms of office of three (3) committee members shall begin in even numbered years. Terms of office of two (2) committee members shall begin in odd numbered years.

Example 2: The Nominating Committee shall consist of the immediate past president, three (3) ongoing members of the Governing Council to be appointed by the Council, and three (3) non-Council members to be elected at the annual meeting. To assure continuity on the committee, the elected members shall each serve two (2) year terms, with one (1) member elected in odd numbered years and two elected in even years.

Example 3: A Nominating Committee of five (5) members shall be elected at each Annual Meeting, to serve for the following calendar year. If possible, one (1) or more of the current members of the Nominating Committee shall be nominated for a second year. No member of the Nominating Committee shall serve for more than two (2) consecutive full years.

Example 4: The members of the Nominating Committee shall be elected each year at the Annual Meeting of the Church. This committee shall be comprised of five (5) voting members of the Church who shall be elected for two (2) year terms, except that at the first such election held by the Church under these bylaws two (2) of these five (5) positions shall be elected to one (1) year terms, after which initial one (1) year term these positions will revert to two (2) year terms for all succeeding elections, the purpose of such provision being to prove overlapping terms to ensure continuity for the Nominating Committee function. The President shall call an organizational meeting of the Committee no later than June 1 of each year. Three (3) members of the Nominating Committee shall constitute a quorum required to conduct any business of the Committee. In the event that any vacancy occurs on the Committee between Annual Meetings, the board shall appoint a person from among the eligible voting members to fill the unexpired term of the position until the next Annual Meeting, at which time a permanent replacement shall be elected by the Congregation.

Example 5: The membership shall elect a Nominating Committee at the annual business meeting. The Nominating Committee shall recommend to the next annual meeting a slate of voting members for each expiring Board position and for the new Nominating Committee member. The Nominating Committee also recommends to the Board people to fill vacant Board positions. The Committee shall consist of three (3) members, who serve three (3) years each, in staggered terms. No member may serve more than one (1) consecutive term.

Example 6: The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) voting members who shall be elected at the annual congregational meeting for a term of one (1) year.

Example 7: The Board of Trustees shall constitute the Nominating Committee for new members of the Board of Trustees and shall submit its recommendations to each annual meeting of the corporation. The Board of Trustees shall appoint an Officer Nominating Committee whose responsibility shall be to prepare a slate of candidates for office. The committee shall consist of three (3) trustees, selected from those whose term on the Board of Trustees is expiring and those whose term will be continuing but do not wish to be candidate for office.

Example 8: The Nominating Committee shall be composed of six (6) certified members recommended by the Board in consultation with the Church Network and ratified by the Church at the preceding Celebration and Planning meeting. The current Vice President shall chair the Nominating Committee.

Example 9: Nominating Committee: Such committee shall consist of six (6) voting members, selected as follows: (1) Three (3) by the voting members at the Annual Meeting; (2) Three (3) by the Board at its meeting following the Annual Meeting. No member shall serve on the Nominating Committee for more than two (2) years in succession. If the voting members fail to select, then the Board shall do so on their behalf. No member may be qualified for selection on such committee who benefits directly or through a relative, as a result of the payment of salary or other continuous remuneration authorized or recommended by the Board. The Nominating Committee members shall select their own chairperson no later than one (1) month after all six (6) members are determined.

Example 10: A Nominating Committee of at least three (3) persons who are not members of the Board of Trustees shall be chosen by the congregation at the annual meeting.

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