It has been a great privilege to be called to serve so dedicated a church and I look forward (DV) to continuing at Lindfield for some time to come. However, in the last few years, I have increasingly felt the burden of leadership and I do believe that for the church to go forward in a significant way, I will need additional leadership support. With the extra demands of the Church Development Project, it will be very important that the whole church has clear, concerted and positive leadership.
The key function of the church leadership is prayerfully to discern God’s will for All Saints, to give direction under God for the way ahead and to lead the church in working it out. This is not a task that can easily be undertaken by a body like the PCC although, of course, it has the responsibility of leading the church in the implementation of all our mission and ministry plans.
I have concluded that a wise approach would be to call out a number of men and women, well known and respected in our church and on whose wisdom and godly counsel I can rely, to support and assist me in the task of leading the Church.
For want of a better term, I have called this an ‘Eldership Group’ and the intention is that it will meet regularly with me to pray, to discern God’s will for the church, and to formulate proposals for the PCC to consider and, if approved, help lead the church in working them out. This group will comprise Adam Pymble, Alan Carter & John Phillips (Churchwardens), Janet McLean, Sarah Beeston and Ken Markham.
We have begun to meet and I have already profited personally from the wise advice this group has given me.
My hope is that the church will be better led and that together we can go forward to implement our forthcoming new Mission Action Plan which will be published shortly.