How the Church works
We are an independent church, which means that we are self-governing, without any external authority, denomination or hierarchy. We are, however, affiliated to the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches.
We have a membership. Membership is for baptised Christians who are genuine believers, in full agreement with our doctrinal statement, willing to serve the Lord Jesus Christ among us, and committed to regular attendance. We have over 200 members and hold a Church Members’ Meeting three times a year.
We are self-supporting, which means we have no external source of income. Instead, we are financially supported by the generous giving of our members and regular attenders.
We have elders and a Church Council. Elders comprise our Senior Minister and others recognised by the members as having the qualities and qualifications required by the Scriptures. Together, they are responsible for the spiritual and pastoral oversight of the Church. In addition, we have Core Group Leaders (Deacons) responsible for the church’s practical matters, including property, finance, and membership. The Elders and Deacons together comprise our Church Council and are also our charity trustees.
We organise about 35 different ministries and activities into a Ministry Structure, under the oversight of the Elders, and based around five key audiences: Children & Youth, 20s and 30s, Men, Women and Seniors. You can view our ministry structure here.
We have a staff team comprising a Ministry Team and a Ministry Support Team. Our Ministry Team includes two full-time Pastors, a part-time Youth Worker, a part-time Outreach Worker and a part-time Women’s Worker. Our Ministry Support team includes a Head of Ministry Support, an Operations Manager, an Office and Finance Manager, a part-time Director of Music, and two café workers in our Leaf & Bean Café. You can view our Elders, Core Group Leaders and staff team here.
We have missionaries from the church in Taiwan, Peru, New Zealand and London (with London City Mission), and we have a Global Works Council responsible for the care of our Missionaries and for promoting World Mission within the church. We also support theological training colleges in Zambia and Cuba and a church-planting network in Slovakia. In addition, we help support
a schools’ worker in Richmond.
We are incorporated as a Charity with the Charities Commission (Reg. No. 1134492). You can view our Memorandum and Articles of Association here.