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A major function of the upcoming constituency session will be to elect the six conference officers; 27 members of the executive committee, the governing body of SECC; and the nine bylaws committee members for the next quinquennium.

Our denomination has a representative form of governance and the conference nominating committee is very similar to the local church nominating committee. The process allows for every church in SECC to participate in the decision of who is elected to serve. Nominations will come from the nominating committee to the floor of the SECC Constituency Session meeting on October 1, 2023 for a vote by all delegates present.

 

SECC bylaws give clear direction as to the process and procedure of the selecting of the nominating committee and the function of that committee.

MAKE UP OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The first meeting of the nominating committee will be announced soon. The nominating committee is a standing committee of the conference.

The nominating committee has 27 members and six members are chosen by the various groups they represent:

  1. Two members of the executive committee are chosen.

  2. One person was selected by the executive committee to represent conference institutions (typically, this has alternated between Loma Linda University and La Sierra University).

  3. One member of the bylaws committee.

  4. One pastor of a constituent congregation is part of the group will be elected by the pastors of the conference.

  5. One representative of the conference board of education is part of the nominating committee.

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DUTIES OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Their first task will be to organize the committee, under the temporary chair of the conference president, by selecting a chair, an associate chair and a secretary. Once the committee is organized, it will proceed on its own with the conference president, and the union president serving as advisors.

The bylaws instruct, “its meetings shall be closed except to hear persons who make prior arrangements with the chair” (Bylaws of SECC, Section 6.5.b)

The Nominating Committee are to nominate the following positions:

  • A President

  • A Secretary

  • A Treasurer

  • A Vice President for Asian/Pacific Ministries

  • A Vice President for Black Ministries

  • A Vice President for Hispanic Ministries

  • Members of the Executive Committee

  • Members of the Bylaws Committee

 

Nominating Committee Report
The report from the nominating committee can be found in the session book. An entire section is devoted to the process this committee undertook.

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