Nomination Committee

Assembly Hall

The Nomination Committee is tasked with identifying members, elders, deacons, and ministers with particular skills and experience for serving on an agency of the Church.

The Committee then recommends those names to the General Assembly. The Assembly has the power to accept or reject these nominations. 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.

Any queries on the nomination process should be emailed to nominations@churchofscotland.org.uk

Information for potential members

Membership of standing committees within the Church is considered by the Nomination Committee.

As set out in Reg 1 2013 Nomination of the Moderator of the General Assembly (as amended 2020), the Nomination Committee also receives nominations for the Committee to Nominate the Moderator. Please note, only ministers, deacons and elders may serve on this committee.

The Nomination Committee is currently considering membership to the following Committees:

Proposing individuals for appointment

There are many people with the necessary skills and commitment and your assistance as a member of the Church is warmly invited.

To submit a nomination, please complete the online Nomination Form. Please note that the Nomination Form cannot be saved and added to at a later date. Prior to you completing the form, you may want to ensure that you have the following ready to enter into the online form. A lack of information may reduce your chances of being selected:

  • Your personal details
  • Your Committee choice(s) (if required)
  • Your relevant skills and knowledge (we ask that you keep this to around 200 words)
  • Summary of your employment history and professional qualifications (around 200 words)
  • Your Church involvement (around 200 words)
  • Your previous service on national committees including dates (from 2011 onwards)
  • Your personal statement to let us know why you would be suited to serve on your chosen Committee(s) (around 200 words)
  • Details of the person supporting the application

All submissions must be with us by 30 November. Please note that due to the process involved, late submissions are not possible.

Nominees require to be a member of the Church of Scotland. Self-nomination is acceptable provided that the nomination is supported by a third party as listed on the nomination form. If you are nominating someone else, please approach the individual(s) concerned and ask them to complete the Nomination Form and include your personal details. Those supporting a nominee are asked to complete the Supporting a Nomination Form.

Once the Committee has met in early February, those selected will be contacted. Inevitably, not all nominees will be asked to serve, though it may be possible that they may be approached in connection with a different agency. Please explain this to those whom you nominate.

Any queries on the nomination process should be emailed to nominations@churchofscotland.org.uk.

Webinar for potential nominees

The Nomination Committee will host a webinar-style online event on Wednesday 17 November, 1pm-2pm, which will offer the opportunity for Q&A prior to the 30 November deadline for submissions. Further details will follow, including joining instructions, and we would encourage anyone who is considering nomination to join. If you have any questions in the meantime, please send an email to nominations@churchofscotland.org.uk.

Appointment of Assembly Trustees and members of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group

The Assembly Trustees hold responsibility for a separate process for the appointment of Assembly Trustees. Assembly Trustees shall consult with the Nomination Committee as to any comments which the Committee wish to make on recommendations for appointment. Any appointment shall be made by the Assembly Trustees, subject to approval by the General Assembly.

Please also note that the Assembly Trustees are responsible for appointing members to the Church of Scotland's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group ( EDI) . This is a sub-group of the Assembly Trustees and not a Standing Committee of the General Assembly. The nomination form for membership of Standing Committees should also be used by those who wish to be considered for membership of the EDI Group. Nomination Committee representatives will be invited to sit on the selection panel.

Any queries on the nomination process should be emailed to nominations@churchofscotland.org.uk.

Nomination Process to Legal Bodies

For the process of nominating to legal bodies, please contact the Office of the General Assembly at the Church offices in Edinburgh. The bodies concerned are the following:

  • Appeals Committee of the Commission of Assembly
  • Discipline Tribunal/Presbyterial Commission
  • Judicial Commission
  • Judicial Panel
  • Ministries Appeal Panel
  • Mission Plan Review Group
  • Personnel Appeal Group
  • Safeguarding Appeal Panel

Since June 2018, the Legal Questions Committee ( LQC ) has been 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, Julie Rennick; a Vice-Convener, Bill Wishart; and 18 members appointed by the General Assembly.

Contact for more information

If you require any further information about the Nomination Committee, please email nominations@churchofscotland.org.uk or on tel 0131 240 2229.

Meetings

The Nomination Committee usually meets twice a year, in August and January. Recommendations are reported directly to the General Assembly.