“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30.
MENLO CHURCH & GOVERNANCE
We believe the Church is the community through which God wants to bring love, healing, growth, and eternal life to the human race, and to which he invites everyone to follow Jesus. Menlo Church is one church in many locations, pursuing our mission to bless the Bay Area for Jesus through a transforming relationship with Christ and authentic community with each other. We are part of the denomination ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO) and, in keeping with our Presbyterian heritage, our congregation elects elders to govern the church. Comprised of nine elected elders and the senior pastor, the Session (the name of our governing board) has responsibility and authority for governing the congregation and guiding its mission for Christ in the world. The Session works closely with staff leadership and represents the congregation as a body across all campuses, to provide oversight and governance of the church’s ministry, spiritual health, long-term strategy, finances, and administration.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SESSION
Menlo Church is committed to pursuing its mission as a church with God-honoring love, zeal, and excellence in all that we are and do.
The Session’s key responsibilities are to provide leadership, governance and guidance by:
1. Providing spiritual oversight
2. Shepherding the flock
3. Discerning, planning and strategizing
4. Overseeing church management
The Nominating Advisory Committee (NAC), comprised of two elders and three or more additional members of the congregation, is now inviting nominations for Elders to serve on our board, or “Session”.
For more information, see: Elder Qualifications, Role, & Responsibilities
For the online nomination form, click here.
The Session (or board of directors of the church) is comprised of nine elders plus the senior pastor. Elders serve a four-year term, and they can be nominated for a second consecutive term. Each year, the Session has two or three elders whose terms conclude.
The Session meets twice a month; the regular business meeting is in the evening on the second Tuesday of the month, and a second optional meeting on select topics is held at 6:30 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month. Each elder serves on one of three committees: Compensation, Finance & Audit, or Governance. These committees typically meet on a monthly basis.
The Nominating Advisory Committee (NAC) interviews individuals nominated by members of the congregation and presents its candidate recommendations to the Session for consideration. The Session reviews the NAC’s recommendations and determines which candidates will be nominated and presented individually to the congregation for election. The nominees are presented for a vote by the church members present at the annual congregational meeting (typically in September).
Any member in good standing is eligible to be nominated by a member (including self-nomination) for election to serve as an independent director, provided he or she meets the qualifications for church leadership in the New Testament as an elder (Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3). Additional qualifications include spiritual maturity; reliability, integrity and teachability; doctrinal agreement and alignment with the church’s stated values, vision and mission; and particular skills, background, experiences, and personality attributes necessary or useful to carrying out the director’s governance role and responsibilities with excellence. Previous experience serving on a church or non-profit board is highly desirable. Directors need not be residents of the State of California.