Nomination Committee

Would you like to have a hand in helping to shape the future of the Church and of Scotland? Are you a member, elder, deacon or minister of the Church? Would you be willing to serve on a central committee of the Church, bringing your life experiences, vision and enthusiasm to help the Church serve in the name of Jesus?

Our remit

The remit of the Nomination Committee is to identify ministers, deacons, elders and members with particular skills and experience for serving on the Church's councils and standing committees, and then recommend those names to the General Assembly. The Assembly has the power to accept or reject these nominations.

The Committee meets in January to select individuals for appointment.

Proposing individuals for appointment

The Committee's task is to identify ministers, deacons, elders and members whose skills and experience will be of particular use to a given area of work. It also seeks to maintain age and gender balance and a fair geographical representation.

There are many people with the necessary skills and commitment but the Committee relies heavily on suggestions from across the Church. Your assistance as a member of the Church is warmly invited, and a proforma can be downloaded from below for this purpose.

Self-nomination is acceptable, though the nomination does require to be supported by a third party as listed on the proforma. If you are nominating someone else, please approach the individual(s) concerned and complete the proforma together.

Once the Committee has met, those selected will receive a written invitation to accept nomination. Inevitably, not all nominees will be asked to serve, though it is possible that they may be approached in connection with a different Council/Committee. It would be helpful if you could explain this to those whom you nominate.

To submit a proposal, please save the following attachment and send the completed form by email to (Before filling in the form please save a copy; then when the form is filled with your information please re-save it to your own device before attaching it to your e-mail.) If you are experiencing problems completing this PDF form, you may require the latest version of Adobe's PDF Reader software.

You can send a completed copy of the PDF form in hard copy to:

The Secretary, Nomination Committee,
Church of Scotland Offices,
121 George Street,

All proposals must be submitted by 30 November.

Nominations are also invited on behalf of the Church of Scotland Investors Trust. These will be passed direct to that body for consideration rather than to the Nomination Committee.

Our membership

The Nomination Committee has a Convener, Mrs Lynsey Kimmitt, and a Vice-Convener, the Rev Bill Wishart. The committee has a total membership of 26.

Contact for more information

If you require any further information about the Nomination Committee please email or contact us at the Church's offices in Edinburgh.


The Nomination Committee usually meets twice a year in August and January. It does not produce minutes and its recommendations go directly to the General Assembly in the Blue Book.