Expectations of Leaders
Integrity: Matthew 5:37 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
If you say you are going to do something we believe that you will do it. If you need help, we expect you to seek it. We will presume good will graciously in extenuating circumstances. Expect words and actions to line-up.
Involvement: participate in the life of the church:
– faith development
– small group
– Financial contribution as worship
We are creating a church culture where all people are being encouraged to engage their passions, gifts and talents as worship. Part of that is developing leaders for different ministries. It is our hope that as our parish grows and develops we will be constantly developing and training new leaders.
How? Opportunities for teaching and training, mentorship, and goal-setting.
Example: goal-setting with leaders, sending leader to learn from other church, attending conferences together.
Below is the Leadership Covenant adopted by our parish:
Leadership Covenant – Church of the Resurrection
Anglican Parish of the Nerepis and Saint John
Part A: The Discipleship Covenant
As a baptized disciple of Jesus Christ at the Church of the Resurrection, I will strive to participate through my commitment to the following:
Active Involvement – support the Church of the Resurrection’s Vision and Mission through my active involvement in the life of its ministries.
Worship – be regular in my attendance at worship.
Financial Contribution – give a portion of my income to the life and work of the Church of the Resurrection and the wider Church.
Prayer and Study – spend time in prayer, Bible reading and study in order to be nurtured and equipped to live the Christian life.
Evangelism – endeavour to proclaim by word and example the good news of Jesus Christ in my everyday life.
Obedience – accept, follow and support the leadership of the Church of the Resurrection in all Godly matters.
Part B: The Nine Guidelines for Building Respect in Ministry
1. If you have a concern with me, come to me (privately).
2. If I have a concern with you, I’ll come to you (privately).
3. If someone has a concern with me and comes to you, send them to me. (I’ll do the same for you.)
4. If someone consistently will not take concerns to a leader, say, “Let’s go to the leader together. I am sure they will be glad to see us about this.” (I’ll do the same for you.)
5. In all matters I will presume good will and seek to compassionately give the benefit of the doubt to others. Please do the same for me.
6. If it’s confidential, don’t tell. Confidences are to be maintained unless (a) a clergy person needs to know (b) the person is going to harm himself/herself, (c) the person is going to physically harm someone else, (d) a child has been abused. I expect the same confidence from you.
7. I do not read unsigned letters or notes or acknowledge anonymous complaints.
8. I will always endeavour to not manipulate or be manipulated; do not let others manipulate you. Do not let others try to manipulate me through you.
9. When in doubt, raise your concerns. We are family here and we care about each other, so if you have a concern, pray, and then if led speak up. We value open communication highly.
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