Nomination Committee

Would you like to have a hand in helping to shape the future of the Church of Scotland? Are you a member, elder, deacon, or minister of the Church? Would you be willing to serve on a Standing Committee (an Agency of the "Unincorporated Entities") 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 members, elders, deacons and ministers with particular skills and experience for serving on an agency of the Church, and then recommend those names to the General Assembly. The Assembly has the power to accept or reject these nominations.

In line with the decisions made at the 2019 General Assembly, recommendations are being brought to a Commission of Assembly in November 2019 to create two new agencies. These will replace the existing Church and Society; Ministries, Mission and Discipleship; and World Mission Councils. These two new agencies will focus on Faith Nurture and the supporting and resourcing of all of the Church's ministries and congregational development (broadly the current work of Ministries and Mission and Discipleship) and Faith Impact and the supporting and resourcing of all of the Church's local and global partnerships (broadly the work of Church and Society and World Mission).

Proposing individuals for appointment

The Committee's task is to identify people 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 and your assistance as a member of the Church is warmly invited.

Self-nomination is acceptable, though the nomination does require to be supported by a third party as listed on the nomination form. 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 be contacted. Inevitably, not all nominees will be asked to serve, though it is possible that they may be approached in connection with a different agency. It would be helpful if you could explain this to those whom you nominate.

To submit a proposal, please complete a nomination form and submit this online between Friday 1 November and Monday 9 December 2019. If you experience difficulties with the online form, then please insert the appropriate text into an email and send to (noting that the length of the text should fit into the space provided on the form). In any case, we would recommend that you save a copy of the completed form for your records.

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Please note that the deadline for submission of proposals for the new 'Faith Nurture' and 'Faith Impact' agencies was Friday 18 October 2019.

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.

Any queries on the nomination process should be emailed to

Information for potential members

Further detail on the new 'Faith Nurture' and 'Faith Impact' agencies will be brought to the Commission of Assembly. Information on the other Standing Committees, where available, is provided below.

Nomination Process to Legal Bodies

For the nomination process to legal bodies please contact the Office of the Principal Clerk at the Church offices in Edinburgh. The bodies concerned are the following:

  • Appeals Committee of the Commission of Assembly;
  • Judicial Commission;
  • Judicial Panel;
  • Ministries Appeal Panel; and
  • Discipline Tribunal/Presbyterial Commission.

From June 2018 onwards, the Legal Questions Committee (LQC) will be asked to draw up a list of people whom it considers suitably qualified to serve on each of the bodies involved. If any forms are submitted through the wider nomination process these will be passed directly to the Convener of LQC for consideration as to suitability.

The Nomination Committee will receive a list of names at its January meeting as agreed by representatives of the Nomination Committee, the LQC, the Principal Clerk, and the Solicitor. The Committee will then approve the list, subject to discussion, confident that it came to the Committee with the degree of independent scrutiny required. For the avoidance of doubt, the Nomination Committee will not receive any names other than those actually being put forward for nomination. The names will then be passed to the General Assembly in the normal fashion for appointment.

Nominations to the Legal Questions Committee shall continue to be handled through the regular process of nomination for all other bodies in the Church.

Our membership

The Nomination Committee has a Convener, Lynsey Kimmitt, a Vice-Convener, Bill Wishart, and 24 members appointed by the General Assembly.

Contact for more information

If you require any further information about the Nomination Committee please email or contact us at the Office of the Assembly Trustees in the Church offices in Edinburgh on 0131 240 2229.


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

An additional meeting of the Nomination Committee took place on Friday 25 October 2019. This was to allow the Committee to agree names to be brought to the Commission of Assembly in November 2019 for the Conveners, Vice-Conveners, and membership of the two new agencies.