Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM) is a covenantal community
of evangelical Friends churches that make Jesus Christ known by:

Teaching and obeying the whole gospel as revealed by the
Holy Spirit and recorded in Scripture

Loving and mutually supporting each other

Equipping and releasing people to continue His mission in the world

Elders

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The NWYM Board of Elders is a wise, discerning, and spiritually mature group of Friends who help encourage the overall, spiritual welfare of NWYM. Specifically, they:

  • Pray diligently for the ministry of NWYM individuals and churches
  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the General Superintendent, Yearly Meeting clerks, and NWYM, as a whole
  • Reflect prayerfully on the needs of the NWYM faith communities and Yearly Meeting activities and lay concerns before representatives, boards or other organizations as the Spirit may direct
  • Respond to crises and serve as peacemakers in NWYM, offering and implementing a process for reconciliation as needed.
  • Oversee matters of church discipline and doctrinal dispute
  • In the case of moral failure among pastoral ministers, establish and oversee a process for assisting the church, discerning any necessary steps of discipline and the restoration of the those involved
  • Redesign a clear and helpful application process and guidelines for maintaining a NWYM annual minister’s license
  • Issue annual licenses for all non-recorded, NWYM pastors and other ministers
  • Act on recommendations received from the Board of Leadership Development (or subcommittee) for the recording of ministers, and make appropriate recommendations to NWYM
  • Disseminate and review annual accountability forms to each NWYM local fellowship. In cooperation with other boards, respond to needs, questions, requests for assistance
  • Choose Yearly Meeting speaker(s) and select worship planning team members
  • Make policies concerning the Yearly Meeting sessions in consultation with the Yearly Meeting clerks and the General Superintendent
  • Consider the request of a minister or other member who wishes to be liberated for short-term service outside the Yearly Meeting
  • Assist in redesigning and maintaining the NWYM Elder’s Handbook
  • Provide assistance, counsel, support to local church elders
  • Nominate nine persons to serve with the Presiding Clerk, Assistant Presiding Clerk and General Superintendent on the NWYM Administrative Council, and forward recommendations to the Yearly Meeting in session.
  • Oversee the Beebe Fund, established for the support of pastors in need of counseling assistance