Governance

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are led by Jesus in our personal lives, and also in our corporate life as a church. He is our “Senior Pastor” and we serve under Him. So then, how are decisions made at Disciples Church Springfield? What is the process and who is involved?


Missional Community Groups
The main thrust of what we do as a church happens within the context of our missional Community Groups. Each group is led by mature Christian people who have a desire to see the people in their group grow in their faith in Christ.


Staff
Working alongside the Lead Pastor is a team of staff who have various roles and responsibilities within the life of the church to lead, train and equip people for ministry.


Elders
All major decisions and policy direction are made by the Elders of the Church. All the Elders form what is called the Elders Council. From this group, a smaller group of up to nine Elders are appointed to serve on the Board of the Church. This Board meets monthly and oversees things like finances, membership applications and resourcing future vision. The Elders on the Board serve a term of three years. All Elders should be involved in some kind of ministry and will usually be leading a Community Group.


Deacons
We have set up a Deacons Fund. Each month we set aside 10% of our offering income into the Deacons Fund for diaconal aid (helping people in financial need). This will be administered and co-ordinated by Deacons, who will be appointed in the future.


Congregational Meetings
There is at least one Congregational Meeting each year (but sometimes more) where Members of the Church come together to hear a report from the Board on the activities of the Church and pass any decisions that need to be made by Members. These sorts of decisions are detailed in the Constitution of the Church, which is available on request.