Nominate someone for this board.
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 (Church ResponseTeams).
- 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