Wednesday, 24 April 2013

leadership at RFC

I have tasked myself with writing a short paper for my fellow elders exploring how we develop existing & future leaders of RFC. The first page is below ... 

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.

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