Is it better to elect or appoint leaders to serve in single adult ministry positions?
Question: Is it better to elect or appoint leaders to serve in single adult ministry positions?
When the leadership of various churches began to develop single adult ministry in the mid and late 1970s, it was common to allow single adults to elect their own leaders for the needed ministry positions. By the mid1980s, the general consensus among most single adult ministry leaders was that leadership was best appointed rather than elected. The reasons for this were fairly apparent.
1. More control over who fills the ministry position
2. More opportunity to obtain a person with gifts suitable for the ministry position
3. More opportunity to obtain a person with passion for the ministry position
4. More opportunity to obtain a person whose vision is compatible with the director/pastor
5. More flexibility of timing in obtaining the person
6. Less opportunity for a popularity contest because of voting
Appointment, rather than election, is now accepted and practiced across the country in most single adult ministries regardless of church affiliation.