The Grace City Staff Team is Growing
On Sunday I announced to church that next year we would be appointing two new staff members to the leadership team at Grace City. Let me share three commitments that shaped our decision to do so.
1. A commitment to growth
Grace City is a small church with a big vision. It’s a vision to see thousands of people throughout Sydney and beyond who are radically committed to the cause of Christ. We are not interested in gathering a crowd, but growing a church. We pray for a church of people who worship God passionately, love their church deeply and serve their city boldly. That will take a lot of time, sacrifice and hard work. But under God we believe it will be well worth it.
2. A commitment to team ministry
Whilst I am good at one or two things, there are a lot of things I’m not good at. Unless you don’t know me, this won’t surprise you at all. Aware that no one leader is good at everything. Therefore we believe that a growing church needs a diversity of gifts and a diversity of leaders. Even in the way that we have structured the different ministries at church this year, we have sought to free people up to do the things that they are good at, rather than expecting one person to be good at everything. Healthy teams lead healthy churches.
3. A commitment to financial generosity
We believe that God is the giver of all good things, one of which is our money. We also believe that the way that we use our money is an act of worship. In light of this, we encourage members to give some of their money (the amount is entirely up to them) to resource gospel ministry, both at church and abroad. In God’s kindness, the people of Grace City have done that this year. They have shown themselves to be incredibly generous and kingdom hearted.
These three commitments have shaped the way that the finance committee of Grace City has taken to the issue of staffing for next year. Seeing the generosity of our members, the need for team ministry, and the exciting opportunities for growth, they have agreed to release enough funds to employ two new staff members next year at 3 days a week each. This will require ongoing sacrifice, but we are trusting God to provide all that we need through the generosity of his people.
Therefore, let me introduce you to the newest members of the Grace City staff team:
Jackson has volunteered 1.5 days a week at church this year. He has led a purpose area of church we call ‘membership’. This means that he leads a team of people who help us as a church to express the fact that since we are members of Christ through faith, we are also members of one another. Practically this means we want to work hard to connect with, care for, and participate in community with others at church.
In 2016 Jackson will come on board to lead the Membership purpose area of church. Additionally he will serving in various other areas of church as required. He will be paid three days a week and will volunteer for a fourth day. This means that Jackson will be working for Grace City 4 days a week next year.
Matt is married to Shell and has volunteered 1.5 days a week at church this year. He has led a purpose area of church we call ‘mission’. This means that he leads a team of people who work hard to help us be a church that joins God in his mission to gather a people for himself. Practically this means that we want to seek the lost, introduce them to the saviour, and equip one another for mission.
In 2016 Matt will come on board to lead the Mission purpose area of church, as well as serving in various other areas of church as required. He will be paid three days a week and will volunteer for an additional three days. This means Matt will be working for Grace City 6 days a week next year.
It is my prayer that God will bless the work of our growing team as we seek to help equip the saints at Grace City for the work of ministry. Please be in prayer for Matt & Jackson as they each begin work on the 4th of January. Please also pray for me. I am constantly aware of my need to keep learning and growing as I seek to lead and empower others to give themselves to the cause of Christ.