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Lay Leadership at Riverside: Joining Information and Procedures

Answering God's Call to Serve

2017 Election Schedule

Click here for the Full 2017 Election Schedule (PDF)

Important Dates:
March 12 - Deadline for applications
April 30 - Paper & electronic voting begins
April 30 - Conversation with the Candidates
May 18 - Voting ends
May 21 - Annual Meeting & Election

If you're interested in serving, continue reading and complete the Lay Leadership Interest Survey by Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Is God calling you to serve?

The Nominating Committee welcomes you to answer God’s call. We’ll show you how. Whether you are a new member or you’ve been here for many years, we encourage you to continue your path of spiritual growth through lay leadership.

Below, you will find links to descriptions of commissions and committees, a summary of the election process, and the Interest Survey if you wish to apply for lay leadership:

Click here for the Riverside Commissions and Committees Brochure.

Click here for the Steps to Become an Elected Lay Leader.

Answer the Call
If you are interested in lay leadership, please complete the Lay Leadership Interest Survey below, save it, and email it back to the Nominating Committee at nomcom@theriversidechurchny.org.

Lay Leadership Interest Survey 

Plan to reset the 3-year rotational pattern of terms for elected lay leaders for Church Council, Membership Care and Parish Life Commission, Nominating Committee:

The Riverside Church By-laws state that members of the Church Council, Commissions and Committees serve in a 3-year rotational pattern.  Over the years, that pattern has deteriorated, so the Nominating Committee proposed a plan to re-establish the terms of service.  The Church Council has approved this plan, which will be implemented for elections in May 2017:  Candidates elected to the Membership Care and Parish Life Commission (MCPL), Church Council and the Nominating Committee will receive three-, two- or one-year terms, determined by the number of votes each candidate receives – candidates who receive the highest number of votes receive the longer term.


Candidates for Church Council:

  • 2 years membership with pledges fulfilled

Candidates for Commissions and Committees:

  • 1 year church membership with pledge fulfilled.