Advisory Council Vote

Advisory Council Vote

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About the Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a team committed to influencing and informing the Elder Team concerning decisions for Concord. Their advice and insight is a key component to the Leadership Team (which is made up of both the Advisory Council and Elder Team). They play a much-needed role in maintaining a balanced and holistic perspective when handling high-level leadership decisions. According to the Constitution and By-Laws, Concord is to nominate people to serve in this role every three years.

Important Dates

Read through this material and ask God for direction

VOTE (September 26)
Church members will cast their ballots either in person or online

About the Selection Process

Selection Process for Advisory Council

  1. The Church will pray and then will nominate from one to four people whom they feel are proper candidates for the Advisory Council role (the current individuals on the Advisory Council can be nominated to serve a second term).
  2. Potential candidates are then informed that they have been selected and should respond if they are interested in pursuing the nomination.
  3. The nominees will then be interviewed by the Elder Board to insure each fulfills the requirement of Godly wisdom.
  4. The four final candidates will be presented to congregation to seek the full affirmation of a congregational vote. The top vote getters will receive the call to serve on the Advisory Council. The person who receives the fifth largest number of votes will be designated as an alternate, in case of an early departure out of the top four.
  1. A member of Concord
  2. Regularly participates in a connection class, life group or focus study
  3. Maintains a history of supporting the Church with consistent tithes and offerings.
  4. Is someone whom you feel displays the spirit of Wisdom (Acts 6:3)
  5. A person who has the capacity, flexibility, and availability to serve. The time requirement will vary greatly month to month, but the minimum includes monthly meetings, annual retreats, and committee meetings as needed

General Attributes for High-Level Leadership for Members of the Advisory Council

The Bible has much wisdom to share about good leadership. Listed below is collection of qualities consistent with biblical leadership.

1. Discernment
The gift of discernment is the divine enablement to distinguish between truth and error. It is the ability to discern the spirits, differentiating between good and evil, right and wrong. Scripture references are: 1 Corinthians 12:10; Acts 5:1–4; and Matthew 16:21–23. People with this gift:

  • Distinguish truth from error, right from wrong, pure motives from impure motives.
  • Identify deception in others with accuracy and in an appropriate manner.
  • Determine whether a word attributed to God is authentic.
  • Recognize inconsistencies in a teaching, prophetic message, or interpretation.
  • Can sense the presence of evil.

2. Wisdom
The gift of wisdom is the divine enablement to apply spiritual truths effectively to meet needs in specific situations. Scripture references are: 1 Corinthians 12:8; James 3:13–18; 1 Corinthians 2:3–14; and Jeremiah 9:23–24. People with this gift:

  • Focus on the unseen consequences in determining what next steps to take.
  • Receive an understanding of what is necessary to meet the needs of the body.
  • Provide divinely guided or given solutions in the midst of conflict and confusion.
  • Hear the Spirit provide direction for God’s best in a given situation.
  • Apply spiritual truth in specific and practical ways.

3. Godly Influencers
The gift of leadership is the divine enablement to envision the future of the church coupled with a humble heart to serve others. Scripture references are: Genesis 12:1; Isaiah 43:18–19; Matthew 7:7; Matthew 20:25–28; Luke 22:27; John 10:3–4, 11; I Corinthians 2:9–13; and James 1:5. People with this gift:

  • Are servants by nature; eager to see the church prevail in the world.
  • Demonstrate spiritual foresight that anticipates the work of God.
  • Allow Scripture and prayer to inform their decision-making process.
  • Impart vision to others using clear communication.
  • Can assess significant past events and their potential for impact on the present and future.
  • Are able to think creatively and apply ideas and concepts in new ways.
  • Desire accountability in fulfilling their responsibilities and meeting the needs of those they serve

Meet the Nominees

Carolynn Amen

I attended church with my family as I grew up in St. Louis.  At age 9, I accepted Jesus as my Savior.  I truly understood it as a child, but later, around age 16, I realized that it was about more than just believing; it was about making Christ your center, your basis for everything in your life.  It was about faith that He is always there, always available to help in times of sorrow or happiness.

I have been married to Larry for over 46 years.  We have a son, Chip, who lives in Richmond, VA, with his wife, Christina, and four of the cutest grandchildren ever!  KJ, 15; Kiersten, 13; Kendall, 11, and Kassidy, 8.

I have been a member of Concord for 46 years. I enjoy the family relationships that I have had through the years with many different people at Concord.  I especially enjoy the music programs and continue to participate in the missions and outreach.  I served as mission director for 12 years and love sharing Jesus’ love with others.

Having served on the Advisory Council for three years, I have enjoyed helping share ideas that could make Concord even better.

One of the important Bible verses for me is Philippians 4:6 “Do not worry about anything, but in all your prayers, ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.”

A strength I bring to the Leadership team is that I feel I have a good relationship with members of Concord and am willing to represent their feelings or concerns while looking to the future for Concord. My relationship with Concord Church would not change at all, based on the Advisory council vote.

Wade Burns

I was saved at 12 years old. I had been attending church but did not understand. After service, my cousin, who was a Pastor, led me to the Lord.

My wife is Angie. She is very involved here at Concord. We have two girls who are active in the youth group. 

I have been a member of Concord for four years. When we came to Concord, we had been very busy in our previous church and needed some time to ‘rest.’ We found it at Concord.

One important book of the Bible for me is Acts and the early Church.

What interests me in this role is, I can bring questions and validity to the table. The strength I feel I bring to the Advisory Council is that I stick to the facts. The relationship I have with Concord will not change if not selected. It will be God’s will so that I will be fine with it.

Karen Kiehn

I was raised in the Methodist church. We went to church every Sunday & I was active in the youth activities. On Sunday, Feb. 12, 1984, while singing in the choir, I went forward during the invitation and asked Jesus into my heart.

My husband, Jeff & I will be married for 30 years on Oct. 5. We have two beautiful daughters, Amanda (19), a freshman at STLCC, and Morgan (17), a senior at Seckman High School. We have a dog named Molly, who is a big, black-golden doodle.

I have been a member of Concord for about 30 years. I enjoy being a part of Concord because of the friendly people and the many friendships I have made. I enjoy being taught from the Bible and the many ways/opportunities to grow & serve in my faith.

What interests me in this role is learning and growing in my faith with other believers and having the opportunity to give my thoughts and perspective ideas for Concord.

One important Bible verse for me is Phil. 4:6, “Do not worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” One strength I bring to the Advisory Council is integrity.  My relationship with Concord would not change if I were not selected. I would accept the decision and seek other areas in Concord to grow and serve.

Marc Hurt

My salvation experience was after a Wednesday night service on the parking lot of the church I was attending in Dupo, IL.  The Music Minister was walking out with me and asked me what was wrong, I told him my frustrations about God, and he read me scripture, and we prayed right there.

My wife is Irene. I met her when I rode to the ballfield on my motorcycle with a friend.  When I saw Irene out on the ballfield, I told my friend, “This is the girl I am going to marry.” We have been married 48 years, and we have two children and two grandchildren.

I have been a member of Concord Church for 4 years. I enjoy being a part of the men’s group.  I enjoy the friends I have made. Dave Coombs has become an excellent friend.  The sermons are right on the money.  I do not feel like an outcast or a transplant here.

What interests me about this role is that God is leading me here.  I have been in leadership roles at work, and if this is where God wants me to be, I will do it. One important Bible character for me is Barnabas because he was an encourager. One strength I feel I bring to the Advisory Council is fairness. I am fair, objective, and consistent.  I do not let feelings get involved. My relationship with Concord would not change at all if I were not selected.

Zach Riney

My salvation experience is that I was raised Southern Baptist.  At the end of a Revival, I asked Jesus into my heart.

I am married to Rachel Riney.  My dad was Catholic, and my mom was Baptist.  I went to church with my mom, and when I began asking questions about being baptized, my mom told my dad he had to decide on what he was going to be.  My dad studied the Bible and decided he needed to be saved.  He joined the church and even became a deacon.  We were very much involved in the church.

I have been at Concord for three years. What interests me in this role is, I would get to help and influence what goes on.

An important book of the Bible for me is James. I am still learning about God’s plans for me. 

One strength I feel I will bring to the Advisory Council is that I am analytical. I have respect for the tradition but know how much we need to move forward. My relationship with Concord would not change if I were not selected.

R’Neill Wells

I was saved and baptized when I was six years old.  I lived a fairly straightforward (legalistic) Christian Life until I hit some very rocky times, and I walked away from the Lord and Church in 1978.  I eventually re-dedicated my life in 1988 and discovered GRACE!  My life has never been the same, and my life’s mission is for everyone to understand the Grace Jesus offers, both for Salvation and for living your life day today.

I am single and live in Mother-in-Law quarters with my son, Ken, his wife Tonya, and their twin 4½-year-old boys, Elijah and Josiah.  Ken teaches gifted students at Selvedge Middle School and follows them on through high school as a counselor.  My son Keith lives nearby and teaches science at Eureka High School.  He teaches with as much of a God-driven curriculum as is allowed in public schools.  My granddaughter, Katherine, is a junior at SEMO studying nursing.  My son Doug and his wife Diane live in Troy, Missouri.  He owns a construction company that mainly deals with rehabbing homes for disabled individuals.  One more son, Ron, lives in Alpine, Texas, about 30 miles from Mexico.  Ron is a computer engineer for Raytheon Corp. and has a 17-year-old son, Zach. Zach wants to go into the Air Force.  I would say I am very blessed in the family department!

I have been a member of Concord for about 35 years. I enjoy the fellowship of like-minded believers at Concord Church.  I enjoy teaching, leading a Life Group, and mostly I love feeling like I am a part of others, honoring God, and striving to make a difference in other people’s lives.

I have been in many leadership roles here at Concord, I am comfortable with that, and I bring experience to the team.  The Advisory Board has a vital role in the direction that Concord is moving, and I bring a practical and supportive element to the team.

My favorite verse for my life now is Philippians 4:6-8. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds everything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  One final thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

If we, as believers, would all put that into practice, our lives would be much more satisfying, and we would demonstrate to the world that God has made a difference in our lives.

A strength I bring to the Advisory Council is experience. I also demonstrate discernment and conviction in the team to look at all sides of any situation.  As well, I have profound respect and commitment to our Pastor and Concord.

My relationship with Concord would not change at all if I were not selected.  I am happy doing what God wants me to do, and I do not want to be anywhere He has not ordained.  I think God will lead the church vote to decide who will be best to serve.  How can I not be happy with that? Thank you for your prayer and consideration.

Carol Zimmer

I was saved as a child at Compton Heights Baptist Church during a revival. Jesus has been in my life and with me throughout the years. Such a blessing to be able to know Him through my life.

Jim and I have been married 52 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. Chris, our son, and our daughter Laura lives in St Louis with their children. Matt and his family are in Chicago. We have been here at Concord since 11/22/1992. Our daughter Laura started third grade in the Children’s Department with Tommie Bowen and Ellen Kreinkamp as the leaders. The kindness, Christian, Bible-based teaching kept us here. The Children’s Ministry leaders mentored my future teaching and service in the Children’s Department. It is such a blessing to have these godly women in our lives. I LOVE the people at Concord Church, their commitment to service and Bible-based instruction. I have developed many longtime relationships with like-minded people and am blessed to have them in my life. It is an honor to be a part of this family of believers.

I currently serve on the Advisory Council as Secretary. I have been humbled and honored to serve in the leadership of Concord. I have seen how this board contributes to the ministries and purposes of Concord. I feel my voice has been a part of the many important decisions to move Concord forward in challenging times. An important Bible verse to me is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

The strength I feel I bring to the Advisory Council is the experience in the role and commitment to the church’s needs. The relationship I have with Concord will not change if not selected. I will continue to Connect, Grow and Serve at Concord.