Ruling Elder Candidates
On August 12th, this slate will be presented to the congregation for election to the office of Ruling Elder. Behind the names are hundreds of hours of prayer, contemplation and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Your Temporary Session has examined each of the men on this ballot and encourages you to vote for each of them. Their personal qualifications, background and history with the church were all considered before their names were given final approval. The next chapter in the history of Southwood is as significant as the previous pages that have already turned. The men elected will lead, love and pastor the sheep of Jesus’ beloved bride, Southwood Presbyterian Church. August 12th is a very significant day.
As a congregation member, your vote is more than just a vote. It is further affirmation in the lives of these men of God’s calling to this significant task. It is reported that when Earnest Shackleton recruited men for his expedition to the Antarctic he placed the following words in an advertisement in the London Times, “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.” Over 5,000 men responded to his ad. Men have always longed for challenges and adventure even in the face of great obstacles. In the Kingdom of God men are no different, but in this undertaking ‘safe return’ is actually guaranteed, not because of great men, but because of their great God. Please be in prayer as we anticipate embarking on the next leg of this great journey together.