Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Strategic Plan & Policy

1. [1]VISION:

We visualise Mansfield Christian Reformed Church
  • to be a [2]holy congregation of believers, [3]united in true faith [4]in Jesus Christ as Lord,
  • thankfully [5]serving each other with special gifts received from the Holy Spirit, joyfully [6]worshipping and [7]praising God, proclaiming His pure [8]Word, teaching His way, confessing our sins, offering prayers and gifts, purely administering and celebrating sacraments, practicing church discipline with love and grace, and celebrating and nourishing our new life in Christ,
  • holding Jesus Christ as our only [9]Head, [10]who stays with us in the Holy Spirit, thrusting us into worldwide mission.
2. [11]MISSION STATEMENT:

Together using our [12]gifts of grace received from Christ our Lord, we want to [13]worship and glorify God by· making everyone disciples of Jesus Christ,· baptising them in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything Jesus Christ has commanded us.

3. GOALS

3.1. [14]SPECIALISED MINISTRY TEAMS

3.1.1 SESSION

The Session of Mansfield Christian Reformed Church seeks to enhance the realisation of our mission by focusing on the following goals:

3.1.1.1 To [15]oversee the church
  • by overseeing organisational and operational activities of our church,
  • by [16]supervising and disciplining the congregation,
  • by [17]seeking the co-operation and advice of the congregation in the election of office bearers and on other matters,
  • by [18]seeing to it that the congregation assembles for public worship at least twice on a Sunday, as well as for additional worship services according to its discretion and by [19]regulating the abovementioned services,
  • by seeing to it that the [20]sacraments are being purely administered,
  • by [21]supervising catechetical instruction,
  • by [22]examining baptised members who wish to become communicant members concerning their motives, doctrine and life,
  • by [23]extending pastoral care to all members of the congregation.
  • by approving and retiring appointees to positions of responsibility.
3.1.1.2 To implement an empowering style of leadership through which leaders concentrate on empowering other members for ministry, by building strong relationships with them and then by means of equipping, supporting, motivating and mentoring them according to [24]specific objectives.

3.1.1.3 To implement a [25]gift-oriented style of ministry through which the leadership helps members to identify their special gifts received from the Holy Spirit and to integrate them into appropriate ministries.

3.1.1.4 To encourage [26]passionate spirituality among members, enabling them to live committed lives and live their faith with joy and contagious enthusiasm.

3.1.1.5 To develop [27]functional structures which promote an ongoing multiplication of the ministry.

3.1.1.6 To hold inspiring worship services which are enjoyable, inspiring and God honouring experiences for the participants.

3.1.1.7 To facilitate the planting of [28]small (cell) groups which multiply continuously and where members learn to apply the Bible’s message to daily life, and service to others (both inside and outside) with their spiritual gifts.

3.1.1.8 To facilitate [29]need-oriented evangelism through which each member serves non-Christians with whom they have a personal relationship (focusing on their needs), to see to it that they hear the gospel, and to encourage contact with the local church.

3.1.1.9 To encourage loving relationships through which each member shows unfeigned, practical love in a way people can really experience.

3.1.2 MINISTRY OF THE WORD, SACRAMENTS AND WORSHIP

3.1.2.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission

  • by [30]conducting public worship services, explaining and applying Holy Scripture and administering the sacraments.
  • by leading the congregation to worship our Lord and King in [31]Spirit and in Truth during worship services in a way that is enjoyable and inspiring to all those involved and which is, above all, God honouring.
  • by supplying and producing electronic sound and visual aid for worship services.
  • by planning, organising and co-ordinating every aspect of our worship services, in order to ensure that they will be enjoyable, inspiring and God honouring experiences for the participants.
  • by creating opportunities for members to learn new songs,
  • by developing the vocal talents and musical talents of participating members of ministry teams.
3.1.3 [32]MERCY MINISTRY

3.1.3.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission

  • by stimulating members of the congregation to be [33]compassionate servants according to the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, [34]encouraging them to take an active part in the ministry of mercy and to support the ministry with generous giving and prayer,
  • by planning and organising specific [35]mercy projects and programmes (inside and outside the church),
  • by [36]ministering by means of prayer, counsel and assistance,
  • by conferring and co-operating with diaconates of neighbouring Reformed Churches when necessary,
  • by seeking mutual understanding with other agencies caring for the needy, so that gifts may be properly distributed.
3.1.4 [37]MISSIONS MINISTRY

3.1.4.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by [38]stimulating members of the congregation to be witnesses for Christ in word and deed,
  • by supporting the work of missions within Australia and overseas by their interest, prayers and gifts,
  • by planning and organising specific mission projects and programmes.
3.1.5 RESOURCE MANAGEMENT MINISTRY

3.1.5.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by managing the physical (fixed assets), human and financial resources of our church, cost effectively,
  • by compiling a specified budget, based on the detailed action plans of specialised ministries, for Session’s endorsement and congregational approval.
3.1.6 LIGHTHOUSE YOUTH MINISTRY

3.1.6.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by developing a spiritual community for our church youth (age 16 plus) and using that as a springboard to outreach to the youth in our local community,
  • by sharing, caring and enjoying the gift of life,
  • by teaching our youth the gospel of Jesus Christ,
  • by worshiping God with joy and contagious enthusiasm,
  • by having fellowship with each other,
  • by planting Cell Groups among our church youth,
  • by developing as an integrated part of the whole congregation of Cell Groups.
3.1.7 MUMS AND TOTS PLAYGROUP

3.1.7.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by [39]endeavouring to reach the hearts of pre-school children (0-5yrs) and their parents in innovative ways with the gospel.
3.1.8 HOLIDAY CLUB

3.1.8.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by endeavouring to reach the hearts of children from our community in innovative ways with the gospel, eg. by means of Bible studies, Games, Crafts and Singing at the church during school holidays.
3.1.9 FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY

3.1.9.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by creating opportunities for the congregation to have fellowship and undergo practical learning.
3.1.10 [40]KINGDOM KIDS MINISTRY

3.1.10.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by teaching our children (age pre-school-12) the gospel of Jesus Christ and the history of God’s revelation to mankind (Biblical narratives of God’s revelation),
  • by worshiping God with joy and contagious enthusiasm,
  • by applying the Bible’s message to daily life,
  • by having fellowship with each other,
  • by training Sunday School Teachers how to lead their classes in the same way as Cell Groups,
  • by developing as an integrated part of the whole congregation of Cell Groups.
3.1.11 MINISTRY TO POTENTIAL AND NEW MEMBERS

3.1.11.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by visiting and inviting new and potential members to our church,
  • by informing them of what our church offers them,
  • by making them as well as other visitors, feel welcome and at home in our church,
  • by ensuring that they are being accommodated within a cell group of their choice,
  • by including them in the communication network of our church,
  • by ensuring that their inclusion as new members is addressed effectively,
  • by ensuring that the relevant information is available on our church’s website.
3.1.12 ADMINISTRATION MINISTRY

3.1.12.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by keeping a [41]complete record of the arrivals and departures of members,
  • by recording births and deaths, baptisms, professions of faith, marriages and excommunications and other terminations of membership,
  • by [42]administering certificates of membership,
  • by registering new cell groups and specialised ministry teams of our church,
  • by administering an internal [43]newsletter for members,
  • by ensuring that minutes are being kept for all specialised ministry meetings and that it is distributed to all relevant parties,
  • by managing a filing system (electronic as well as on paper), which can be used effectively for internal communication among leaders,
  • by managing an administrative office at the church,
  • by managing a website for the church,
  • by managing the electronic database,
  • [44]by establishing an official written list of communicant members of the congregation, and filing it in the relevant filing cabinet in the administrative office of the church,
  • by seeing to it that, when a communicant member of MCRC has been called to hold or exercise a [45]special office or appointment in the church, this person will be notified in writing on an official letter head by the session clerk.
  • by seeing to it that such a letter is personally delivered to the person by a representative of Session, and by ensuring that the person answers the call in writing, and by seeing to it that all these documents be filed in an appropriate file in the administrative church office.
3.1.13 TEACHING MINISTRY

3.1.13.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by creating opportunities for [46]Cell Group Members and potential members to receive the necessary training in order to be able to serve more effectively in the different ministries of the congregation, by running a selection of training courses.
3.1.14 COUNSELLING MINISTRY

3.1.14.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • [47]by providing a basic counselling service for those in need of basic Christian counselling (inside and outside the church),
  • [48]by providing a specialised counselling service for those in need of specialised counselling (inside and outside the church),
  • by implementing specific counselling programs for those in need of the particular programs (inside and outside)
3.1.15 [49]ROC YOUTH MINISTRY

3.1.15.1 [50]To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by developing a spiritual community for our church youth (age 12-16) and using that as a springboard to outreach to the youth in our local community,
  • by sharing, caring and enjoying the gift of life,
  • by teaching our youth the gospel of Jesus Christ,
  • by worshiping God with joy and contagious enthusiasm,
  • by applying the Bible’s message to daily life,
  • by having fellowship with each other,
  • by planting Cell Groups among our church youth,
  • by developing as an integrated part of the whole congregation of Cell Groups.
3.1.16 CATERING MINISTRY (LIGHTHOUSE CAFĂ©)

3.1.16.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by providing a neat, friendly, comfortable (coffee house kind) environment on our church premise that enhances one-to-one and small group discussions for those attending all worship services as well as other agreed on church activities,
  • by providing appropriate beverages and edibles on agreed upon occasions.
3.2 CELL GROUPS[51]

3.2.1 To enhance the realisation of our mission
  • by spreading evangelism oriented Cell Groups all over the city,
  • by teaching every Cell Group Leader how to share the Gospel with Cell Members and non-believers,
  • by encouraging every Cell Group Leader to teach his/her Cell Group Members to learn from Christ Jesus independently,
  • by leading members into spiritual adulthood, empowering them for service,
  • by teaching members to apply the Bible’s message to daily life,
  • by encouraging and enabling members to live committed lives, and to live their faith with joy and contagious enthusiasm,
  • by helping members to identify their spiritual gifts, and to serve others with their gifts,
  • by encouraging members to engage in need-oriented evangelism by serving non-Christians with whom they have a personal relationship, to see to it that they hear the gospel, and to encourage contact with our local church,
  • by encouraging members to show unfeigned, practical love (both inside and outside the church) in a way people can really experience,
  • by encouraging members to start new Cell Groups when they are ready.
4. PLAN OF ACTION

4.1 Specialised Ministry Teams
  • Session meets every last Tuesday of the month at 19:00-19:30 as Cell Group and then for three hours maximum as Specialised Ministry Team, focusing on their task as governing body of the church.
  • All other Specialised Ministry teams meet preferably once per month.
  • All Specialised Ministry meetings will be conducted according to the following guidelines (see footnote[52] ).
  • Leaders of Specialised Ministries recruit members for their ministry teams and ensure that the necessary training is available in order to empower them for their various tasks.
4.2 Session
  • Session identifies the need for Specialised Ministry teams on a continuous base, identifies existing, and recruits new leaders for various Specialised Ministry teams, and officially introduce them to the congregation.
  • Session provides oversight and ensures that the necessary training for the above mentioned leaders is available in order to empower them for their various tasks.
  • The responsible Minister visits Cell Groups and Specialised Ministry teams on a regular base in order to encourage, support, advise and pray for them.
4.3 Cell Groups
  • New and potential members are invited to attend an Induction Session lead by the minister, during which this Strategic Plan and Policy is explained to them.
  • New and potential members are invited by Home Missionaries, to attend Induction Sessions (Coffee & Dessert Evenings) lead by the responsible Minister and the New & Potential Members Ministry
  • Home Missionaries identify, in cooperation with Session members, potential Cell Leaders within Elder’s Districts and invite them to attend initial Training Sessions for New Cell Leaders, lead by the responsible Minister.
  • New Cell Leaders who intend planting Cell Groups, invite at least two devoted Christians who are members of MCRC, to join them as potential Core Members for the new Cell Group, and together start praying on a regular base for people to invite to the new Cell.
  • As soon as the New Cell Leader and his/her Core Members are ready, they plant their cell group, with the help of the responsible Home Missionary or Minister
    • by reaching out to people in need of what their group has to offer,
    • by building meaningful relationships with them,
    • by leading them into a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ, if necessary,
    • by facilitating their involvement into the cell groups
  • As soon as Core Group Members of Cell Groups are ready to lead their own Cell Groups, the number of those attending their Cell Groups rise to more than seven, and the members are ready and willing, the Core Groups of those Cell Groups multiply by forming two Cell Groups, each lead by one of the original Core Group members, supported by one or two others.
  • All Cell Group Leaders meet once every term, preferably on the last Saturday of the term from 0900h – 1200h, for a Cell Leaders Training Event. The aim of these events is to
    • Fellowship and build a strong team of Cell Leaders
    • Share common problems and concerns as Cell Leaders
    • Encourage each other and share ideas that work for their Cell Groups
    • Pray together for their Cell Groups and for each other
    • Every new Cell Group leader registers his/her group with the responsible Minister, as official Cell Group of MCRC
    • Cell groups encourage voluntary members with the necessary gifts to serve in Specialised Ministry teams, support and pray for them.
5. GENERAL PROFILE OF LEADERS AND ELDERS
  • Blameless, above reproach, husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled and disciplined, respectable, hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught and to sound doctrine, not given to drunkenness, gentle (not violent), not quarrelsome or quick tempered, not overbearing, not a lover of money, must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect, a man whose children believe, not a recent convert, good reputation with outsiders, not pursuing dishonest gain, one who loves what is good, upright, holy, not lording it over those entrusted to him.
  • Has the gift of leadership (the ability to lead members of a group with loving concern and with consideration and foresight – Rom.12:8).
  • Has the gift of discernment (the ability to discern between what is true and false and to know when a person or deed is from God – Rom.12:10).
  • Has the gift of teaching (the ability to communicate knowledge to another in order to edify – 1 Cor.12:28; Rom.12:7; Efes.4:11).
  • Has the gift of shepherding (the ability to oversee the spiritual lives of others and to take care of their spiritual needs, by teaching and leading them to maturity – Ephes.4:11).
  • Has the gift of encouragement (the ability to motivate people to lead practical Christian lives by means of encouragement – Rom.12:8).
  • Has the gift of faith (the ability to have a vision of the will of God and to be certain that He will realise it in response to prayer, even when there is no concrete evidence available – 1 Cor.12:10).
  • Has the gift of intercession (the ability to pray faithfully for others and to notice specific answers to those prayers – Col.1:9,10).
  • Agrees with the tenets of the CRCA and with the vision, mission MCRC, as well as with the organisational structure of our congregation.
6. PROFILE OF DEACONS [70]
  • Worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, not pursuing dishonest gain, keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience, husband of one wife, must manage his children and household well.
  • Has the gift of organisation (the ability to organise and lead people’s activities in such a way that the programme of Christ is realised – 1 Cor.12:28).
  • Has the gift of distribution (the ability to support God’s work with generous, timely and joyful contributions – Rom.12:8).
  • Has the gift of hospitality (the ability to welcome and serve guests and foreigners with grace – Rom.12:13).
  • Has the gift of intercession (the ability to pray faithfully for others and to notice specific answers to those prayers – Col.1:9,10).
  • Has the gift of compassion (the ability to feel with those who suffer and to express it by means of joyful deeds of service – Rom.12:8).
  • Has the gift to serve (the ability to help others in their lives and service by assisting them in practical ways – Rom.12:7).
  • Agrees with the tenets of the CRCA and with the vision, mission MCRC, as well as with the organisational structure of our congregation.

FOOT NOTES:

[1] According to my understanding, an organisation’s “vision” is an overall “picture” of what the organisation wants to be like. Such a vision can help the members to discover where they fit into the picture. The suggested vision is based on what our confessions of faith says about the true church. The vision had been accepted by a formal congregational meeting held on 19/06/03.

[2] Belgic Confession, article 27.

[3] Heidelberg Catechism, Q 54.

[4] Our World Belongs to God, paragraph no 38.

[5] Our World Belongs to God, paragraph no 33.

[6] Heidelberg Catechism, Q94-102; Westminster Confession, chapter 21 We praise God for what He has done, and worship Him in Spirit and truth for whom He is. See Genesis 22; Matthew 4:8-10; John 4:23; Revelations 22:9. The Great Commission was given to worshiping people (Matthew 29:17).

[7] Our World Belongs to God, Paragraph no 39; Belgic Confession, article 29.

[8] When we refer to the Word of God, we refer to what God revealed about Himself in Christ, as written in the Bible as the inspired word of God.

[9] Westminster Confession, chapter 25, no VI; Belgic Confession, article 29.

[10] Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 32.

[11] According to my understanding, an organisation’s “mission” states clearly what the organisation wants to do. This mission statement is based on the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

[12] Ephesians 4:1-16. The calling received from our Lord is a joint effort, and everyone should be encouraged to identify and use the gifts of grace received from Christ for this calling.

[13] Romans 12:1. Our spiritual act of worship is to offer ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.

[14] On 26/08/03 Session decided that all Specialised Ministry Meetings will take place on the last Tuesday of each month, from 19:30-22:30, at the church.

[15] Church Order article 33 a. The word “govern” may be a little strong when it refers to “oversight”.

[16] Church Order article 33 c

[17] Church Order article 37 a

[18] Church Order article 58 a,b,c

[19] Church Order article 59 a,b

[20] Session decided on 26/08/03 that the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated on the last Sunday of every second month (starting with February), as well as on Good Friday, Christmas day and Ascension day.

[21] Church Order article 70 a

[22] Church Order article 66 a

[23] Church Order article 71

[24] Session accepts that, when planning is done and goals and objectives are formulated, those outcomes that are important to God have to be identified first, before co-operation with Him in realising it, is possible.

[25] The word “Gifts” refer to those mentioned in Ephesians 4:11-14; 1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14.

[26] The words “passionate spirituality” have to be understood as a combination of various emotional attitudes, including “joy” (Phil.1:25,26; 2 Cor.8:2; Isaiah 51:11; Acts 8:8; 1 John 1:4; 1 Peter 1:8; Col.3:16; Luke 11:33), “zeal” (Rom.15:18-25; Rom.10:1; 1 Cor.9:19-23; Phil3:4-16; Rom.1:14,15; Titus 2:14; 1 Cor.14:12; 2 Cor.7:11; Numbers 25:11,13; Is.63:15), “adoration” (Is.6:1-5; Ps.95,100; Rev.4:8-11); “compassion” (Zech.7:9; Col.3:12; Jude 22; Hebr.10:34; 1 Pet.3:8; Luke 10:33).

[27] A structure will be deemed functional in as far as it enhances the church’s ability to realise its mission. In this regard, Session accepts the notion that one has to first organise people in order to be able to effectively communicate with them on a continuous base.
[28] In order to realise its goals, Session decided to adopt the following small group structure:
  • Two kinds of small groups will function in the church, namely specialised ministry teams and cells groups, each with their own specific objectives.
  • Specialised ministry teams will consist of voluntary members who have the gifts for that particular kind of ministry and who want to participate in realising the goals of the ministry team.
  • Cell groups will consist of voluntary members (and non-members if they wish to attend) who want to participate in realising the goals of the cell group.
  • Session will function as a specialised ministry team.
  • Each session member will focus on shepherding the Cell Leaders and on planting new Cells in his district
  • Each cell leader will focus on developing new cell leaders among his/her cell members, motivating them to do the same.
  • Every cell leader will become a member of a Cell Leaders Group, Shepherded by their district Session member
  • Members of specialised ministry teams will be supported and encouraged by the cell groups of which they are members.
  • Each specialised ministry team member will also be an active member of a cell group of his/her choice, led by a member of this church.
  • Members of the church will have a free choice as to which cell groups, led by members of this church, they want to belong to.
[29] We accept the following notions, regarding evangelism:
  • The way to a person’s heart is via his/her needs.
  • People do not go to church if the church does not come to them. We therefore have to take the church to the people.
  • Reach out to others who do not deserve what you offer them, without expecting anything back (grace). Do it because it is who you are, and not because anyone expects it from you. This is the only attitude with which we may approach disillusioned people.
  • In order to evangelise a person, one has to address the whole person, and not only facets of his/her life or being.
  • Reconciliation and unity has the best chance to succeed among people who communicate within the same frame of reference. Therefore, one should first establish the same frame of reference, before trying to communicate on a deeper level.
  • Make a difference where you can, and motivate others to do the same.
[30] Church Order article 60 a,b,c; 61 a,b; 62-68.

[31] Refer to John 4:23,24

[32] Proposal no 1 of 13/10/03:
  • That the task of the Deacons be performed in future by the Mercy Ministry (MM).
  • That the Ministry Leader of the MM will be a Deacon.
  • That the various projects and programmes initiated by the MM, be led by Directors.
  • That Deacons will still be elected by the congregation and installed by Session.
  • That female members of our congregation may in future be elected as Deacons as allowed by Synod 2003.
[33] Matthew 25:31

[34] Installation of office bearers, p.253

[35] Church Order article 33 c

[36] Church Order article 24

[37] The word “missions” also refers to “evangelism”

[38] Church Order article 79

[39] eg. by means of an entertaining playgroup on certain agreed times.

[40] This ministry is actually our Sunday School

[41] Church Order article 74

[42] Church Order article 72 a-f

[43] This newsletter may either be printed, and/or in electronic form, and information relevant both to members, regular visitors and other interested parties, that appears in this news letter, should also be updated on our website, on a weekly base.

[44] This was decided by Session on 26/08/03, as well as the objectives that follow.

[45] Special office refers to Elder, Minister, Deacon.

[46] Every member and regular visitor of our church should be part of a Cell Group. Cell Group Members (and visitors) should get a chance to attend Small Group Based Teaching or Counselling Programmes of their choice, presented by our Course leaders, and then, after completion thereof return to (or join) their original Cell Groups (or Cell Groups of their own choice).

[47] The challenge is to train out Cell Group Leaders to be able to function effectively on this level.

[48] This will be done by activating members with specialised training in this regard.

[49] ROC refers to “Relying On Christ”

[50] I include the last objective in order to ensure that the youth ministry grow and expand as an integrated part of the rest of the church as body of Christ. Age 12-16 overlap with other youth ministries, but give the youth a choice.

[51] Mansfield Christian Reformed Church chooses to become a “Cell Church”, placing evangelistic small groups (“cells”) at the core of its ministry. “Cells” are open, evangelism-focused small groups, aiming at multiplying itself, as the group grows through evangelism. In our Church, a Cell consists of anything between 3 and 7 members, including a Cell Leader as facilitator of the activities of the Cell. For every 3 up to 7 Cell Group Leaders, the congregation selects an Elder to “shepherd” (pastoral care) these Cell Leaders, and for every 3 up to 7 Elders, the congregation calls a Pastor to shepherd these Elders.

We use the term, “Cell”, because the Bible refers to the Church as an organism, named “the Body of Christ”. A cell is the smallest structural unit of an organism that is capable of independent functioning. In nature, the total genetic package received from the parent is re-established in each daughter cell. This also occurs in healthy cells of the Body of Christ, and therefore in church cells.

The heart of Cell-Based ministry is evangelism, and that is the heart of Mansfield Christian Reformed Church. We have a passion for the lost, and therefore accepted as our mission, the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19). Our Cell Groups therefore function like an evangelism net spread out over the entire City. In this way we take the church to the people.

If God doesn’t show up, it’s all over. In order for our members to experience healthy Cell-Based church life, their involvement in the following three relationships, is essential, namely Prayer, Discipleship and Evangelism. Prayer refers to our relationship with God. The only way to know God is by spending time with Him, by having a daily appointment with Him doing your daily devotions. Discipleship refers to our relationship with other believers, teaching them and being taught by them to learn from Christ independently. Evangelism refers to our relationship with the unsaved. That is also one of the aims of Cell Groups… to reach the lost for Christ.

Seeing that, in a Cell-Based Church like ours, ministry is taken out of the hands of a “chosen few” and placed in the lap of many, everyone is therefore encouraged to participate in Cell Groups and use their spiritual gifts. Cell Leaders mainly act as facilitators, getting members involved in a process of inviting each other and new members to cell meetings, getting to know each other, caring for each other, visiting each other, praying for each other, feeding each other with God’s word, protecting, warning, guiding and keeping watch over each other, supporting and encouraging each other and seeking those who stop attending.

It is important for both Cell Leaders and Members, as well as for their Shepherds (elders) to support our local church mission and to embrace it as their own. A lack of loyalty and commitment to God’s Word, our local church and our church leadership, can cause great harm to God’s people (1 Corinthians 1:10).

Jesus Christ is the Head of our church, and we all have to hold each other accountable to live according to His will. The eldership of our local church has the ultimate responsibility before God for each cell member (Hebrews 13:17). Accountability protects and therefore we should all pray regularly with those who have spiritual oversight over us and over whom we have spiritual oversight. Members therefore have to share their concerns with the church leadership if there is anything they as Cell Leaders or Members cannot support or consent to, and to pray with them about these things. Even if they have different opinions, or if they have a wrong spirit toward those in spiritual leadership, they have the responsibility to go to them and share their struggles with them. Unity does not necessarily mean uniformity, and we believe that we are one in Christ, not necessarily always in our opinions.

Where we invest our time, energy and money is where our true interest lie (Matthew 6:21). Tithing to our Local Church is therefore important. In Malachi 3:10 the Lord says, “Bring the whole tithe… Test Me in this… and see if I will not… pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it…”

[52] The Chair Person will be responsible for the agenda. Issues that can not be resolved effectively via e-mail, will be addressed during these meetings.

· The agenda, minutes of previous meeting and proposals motivated in writing, will be made available by the chair person to every member, a week prior to the meeting, via e-mail.

· Minutes will be taken, distributed among Session members and filed in the central filing system at the church office.

· The agenda will consist of 4 sections. The first section will deal with matters from the minutes. The second section will deal with proposals motivated in writing only. The third section will deal with matters to be taken notice of, but not to be discussed at length. The fourth section will deal with matters for the next agenda only.

· No matter that is not on the agenda will be dealt with during the particular meeting, unless the whole meeting agrees to deal with it. It should preferably be dealt with under sections 3 and 4.

[53] All praise & worship leaders are responsible for the recruitment, training and management of their P&W teams.

[54] In order to develop a “functional structure” (see 1.5, strategic plan) I suggest we combine Mums and Tots Playgroup and Holiday Club, without altering the goals (1.17; 1.18).

[55] Cathy Mostert used to be ministry leader, but feels the load is too heavy. All ministry leaders are responsible for the recruitment, training and management of their ministry teams.

[56] All ministry leaders are responsible for the recruitment, training and management of their ministry teams.

[57] In order to develop a “functional structure” (see 1.5, strategic plan) I suggest we combine Teaching Ministry, Know Your Bible Ministry, Friday Evening Bible study, and Sunday School Ministry, without altering the goals (1.28; 1.21; 1.23; 1.22). All teaching courses will be run at the church. The course material (CD’s, Videos, etc) will be kept in a library on the church premise.

[58] All ministry leaders are responsible for the recruitment, training and management of their ministry teams.

[59] Every second Tuesday, 19:30-20:30, cell group leaders will be trained within a cell group context. One of them will be trained to lead the particular group as soon as they are ready to start their own cell groups. The ministry leader will then start training a new group of cell group leaders.

[60] This programme will be used by cell group members for personal devotions. They will share new insights learnt from Christ, problems experienced etc with each other, during cell group meetings.

[61] All ministry leaders are responsible for the recruitment, training and management of their ministry teams.

[62] All ministry leaders are responsible for the recruitment, training and management of their ministry teams.

[63] All ministry leaders are responsible for the recruitment, training and management of their ministry teams.

[64] These basic counselling services (see all the mentioned courses) will be provided as soon as they have been approved and the course leaders have been trained.

[65] Will be rendered by cell group members (who have undergone a selection of the above mentioned training courses) to other members of their own cell groups.

[66] Will be provided by members of our congregation who have undergone professional training as counsellors.

[67] Until a ministry leader has been trained to recruit, train and manage cell group leaders.

[68] We need to develop a large number of cell group leaders in time. They will be trained mainly by the cell group leaders of which they are members.

[69] 1 Tim.3; 5:17; Tit.1; 1 Pet.5; Acts 20:28; Hebr.13:17

[70] 1 Tim.3
 
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