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Declaring and demonstrating the Kingdom of God in our community

Leadership in the Vineyard

While the Senior Pastors have been given primary responsibility for leadership and oversight of WAVC, they are not autocratic. They are under authority from outside the local church and make themselves appropriately accountable inside the local church – and they take their responsibilities very seriously.

 

Most importantly, Adrian and Linda are under the authority of Jesus Christ, who is head over all the church, the Chief Shepherd. (Ephesians 5:23; 1 Peter 5:4).

 

Senior Pastors are under the pastoral authority of the Vineyard Movement. They have Pastoral Overseers (David and Nicola Bass, Senior Pastors of Tyneside Vineyard Church).

Additional responsibilities the Leadership Team

 

In addition to the responsibilities of the Leadership Team as set out above, the way in which the team operates is crucial to the health of the church. This includes:

 

Praying and seeking God

 

The Leadership Team prays and listens to God for the church, both together as a group, and as individuals. Members of the group commit to praying for the Senior Pastors, their fellow leaders, the whole church, and their own ministries. Wherever possible, the Leadership Team will seek a common mind on issues, subject always to the Senior Pastors’ right to make decisions, having ultimate responsibility for the church.

 

Assisting the Senior Pastors with wise counsel

 

Leadership Team members will work with, and offer wisdom and counsel to, the Senior Pastors in overall leadership and direction of church. They are ‘for’ and supportive of the Senior Pastors and the church and will offer their wisdom, perspective, skills, expertise and experience on vision, direction and a variety of other issues. Leadership Team members are individuals who are highly committed to West Auckland Vineyard Church. They are not afraid to challenge, question and speak boldly and honestly in pursuit of God’s mission for the church.

 

Encouraging and challenging one another

 

Members of the Leadership Team will encourage each other in their personal, spiritual journeys. They will challenge each other – and be willing to be challenged - constructively in the context of the work of the group, aiming for the very best that can be achieved in the life of WAVC, as the church’s mission is energetically pursued.

 

Acting as ‘Ambassadors’ and assisting communication

 

The larger WAVC becomes, the more challenging and essential good communication becomes. Members of the Leadership Team will facilitate two-way communication within the church and will take opportunities to explain leadership decisions to other leaders and to individuals – seeking support for, and commitment to, these decisions.

 

Pastoral care

 

As WAVC continues to grow, the Leadership Team will aim to ensure that members of the church are cared for and supported, that they have roles which play to their strengths and spiritual gifting and that they grow in depth as disciples of Jesus Christ.

 

Membership of the Leadership Team

 

Members of the Leadership Team are appointed by the Senior Pastors. There are a number of key attributes required of members, including:

 

  • That they are committed to the extension of God’s kingdom and to WAVC’s mission and vision.

  • That they are regular and active participants in church prayer and fellowship

  • That they are highly trusted, committed to WAVC, its Senior Pastors and its people

  • That they have functional responsibilities within WAVC at a ‘leader of leaders’ level, some examples of which are a cluster leader role, or someone who has oversight of several ministries.

  • That they have the ability to think strategically – to be ‘big picture’

  • That, together with other members of the Leadership Team, they bring a diversity of spiritual gifts, expertise and perspectives, and wisdom

  • That they show servant hearted leadership

 

Individuals who join Adrian and Linda Hancock on the Leadership Team do not have a ‘fixed term of office’. As functionality of leadership is so important, there will be some fluidity in the group – with some leaders moving on to other things and new leaders joining. An invited member of the Leadership Team may leave by his/her own decision, at the request of the Senior Pastors or where he/she ceases to exercise functional leadership within WAVC. That said, continuity of senior leadership is also important.

 

Membership of the Leadership Team will be kept under review. As part of the on-going development of the team and of significant leaders of the future, Leadership Team will include younger, upcoming leaders, as they are identified.

 

Biblical Leadership

 

The leadership style we expect from members of the Leadership Team – and all of our leaders throughout WAVC – is clearly demonstrated in the Bible. Three key verses are helpful:

 

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.” (Matt 25:14-30)

 

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve, not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:2-3)

 

“Your attitude should be same as that of Christ Jesus, who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.” (Philippians 2:5-7)

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Many different leadership models exist in the wider, global church, for example, ‘Episcopal’ where the primary responsibility for leadership and oversight in the church is vested in the Senior Pastor, ‘Congregational’ where democracy is exercised by the church members and ‘Presbyterian’ where authority is vested in a group of elders.

 

Each model has its strengths and weaknesses. WAVC is affiliated to the Association of Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland. The Vineyard Movement as a whole has adopted an ‘Episcopal’ system of government. In the Vineyard, we believe that God gives to the leader the ultimate responsibility for oversight and direction of the church, for which he will be held accountable (Hebrews 13:17).

Leadership, Authority and Accountability

Additionally, as registered charities, and in accordance with their governing documents, Vineyard Churches also have Boards of Trustees/Directors who have responsibility for ensuring that finances, buildings and employment are well managed and that legal requirements are met. Spiritual leadership is however exercised not by the Trustees/Directors, but by the Senior Pastor.

Leadership Group

Within WAVC, the Senior Pastors have established a Leadership Team to work alongside them in carrying out their responsibilities for overall leadership of the church across our sites.

 

The main responsibilities of the Leadership Group are to work with and support the Senior Pastors in the leadership and development of WAVC and WVCC, aimed at achieving its overall mission of ‘Declaring and demonstrating the Kingdom of God in our communities’. This includes strategy, culture, planning, processes, structures and people development.

From within West Auckland Vineyard Church, Adrian and Linda work with a Board of Trustees, to which they have accountability for financial, buildings, employment and legal compliance issues (making sure that the church, as a registered charity and company, are well run).

 

Board of Trustees

Many aspects of the leadership of WAVC and WVCC are either shared by the Senior Pastors with the Leadership Team or delegated to particular ministry leaders - for example, communications, events and catering, home group leaders, children’s and youth work leaders, media. Where members of the church have queries or need help, they are encouraged in the first instance to approach the person with delegated responsibility for the specific area.

 

Although Adrian and Linda exercise joint overall responsibility as Senior Pastors of WAVC, in practice they each focus on particular aspects of leadership in line with their experience and gifting. We hope it will be helpful to the church as a whole to know the areas for which they take particular responsibility.

Many aspects of the leadership of WAVC and WVCC are either shared by the Senior Pastors with the Leadership Team or delegated to particular ministry leaders - for example, communications, events and catering, home group leaders, children’s and youth work leaders, media. Where members of the church have queries or need help, they are encouraged in the first instance to approach the person with delegated responsibility for the specific area.

 

Although the Senior Pastors exercise joint overall responsibility of WAVC, in practice they each focus on particular aspects of leadership in line with their experience and gifting. We hope it will be helpful to the church as a whole to know the areas for which they take particular responsibility.

Specific Responsibilities of Senior Pastors