The aim of this briefing is to capture where RFC is regarding leadership structure and challenges we need to face to grow beyond 400 people.
#1 Our Leadership structure:
Jesus (Ephesians 1:8-23) Jesus is the head of this church. This is to be regularly acknowledged by the elders & deacons through our vision, values and activities.
Apostles and Prophets (Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12:27-28) Both ‘small a’ apostles and prophets are gifts from the ascended Christ; they help lay & relay foundations to ensure we stay on course. This is worked out primarily within the newfrontiers family of churches.
Elders (1 Timothy 3: 1-7, Titus 1: 6-9) The elders (“pastors”) are appointed by God to shepherd and lead the church. They represent the primary leadership and meet to discuss doctrine & direction, as well as pastoral situations & church discipline. They endeavour to preach, teach and counsel for the glory of God.
Deacons (1 Timothy 3: 8-12) Deacons serve as ministry leaders within the church body, assisting & implementing the vision & direction outlined by the elders.
#2 Our Context:
RFC was planted 12 years ago and is now a multi congregation church, gathering approx 300 adults & 80 children, over 3 meetings, across 2 sites. We have a membership of 200 adults, 18 life groups and 2100sqft of leased offices. Sunday venues are now between 45-55% of capacity. Reading has a population of ¼ million, an established university and net inward commute.
- Elders: Two on staff, two in the market place. No longer at the centre, nor managers of church life; now at the foundations.
- Deacons: 16, all volunteers; now at the centre of church life.
- Staff team: Full time elders x2, finance/admin x1, worship/media x1.
- Interns: Established intern program serving kids, youth & students.
#3 Our Challenges:
- Develop ‘leadership reservoir’ in RFC: elders, deacons, lifegroup leaders
- Identify and progress emerging leaders.
- Leading into diversity: avoiding a white British leadership enclave.