Leadership Team Manifesto

Leadership Team Manifesto

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The Mandate

To lead the church in areas of vision and mission. The Leadership Team makes the final decisions in cooperation with the Lead Pastor.

The Short and Sweet

The Leadership Team plays a vital role in creating the vision for Grassroots Church and is responsible for its overall health and effectiveness. Lead Team members meet regularly to pray, make decisions together and look after all areas of leadership within the church. Individuals of the leadership team have a pulse on the happenings of church life.

Time

The level of time commitment will vary throughout the year, depending on the seasonal activities of the church and when special situations require more care. Leadership Team
members can expect a 2-6 hour weekly commitment. The amount of time required also depends on the abilities and passion of the individual. Leadership Team positions are offered in 3-year terms and may be renewed to a maximum of 2 consecutive terms before a 1-year break is required.

Led by

Each member of the Leadership Team is cared for and accountable to his/her team members and the Grassroots Church congregation.

The Backdrop

The Grassroots Leadership Team is a group of non-staff individuals whose core focus is to develop the mission and vision of Grassroots and ensure it is being fulfilled. Each Lead Team member will have a ministry area or areas that they oversee, providing care and encouragement for the leader of a particular ministry. Leadership Team members will report on these areas of the church at quarterly Leadership Team meetings. The specific areas of supervision include, but are not limited to: Finances; Children’s Ministry; Adult Ministry (Youth Group, Young Adults, Tribes); Music Ministry; Pastoral and Spouses; Beyond Grassroots Church (Missions).

The leadership of this team is also expressed visibly through service leading and sacrament administering. This includes a willingness to be up front on Sunday mornings, giving regular encouragement and affirmation to staff, volunteers and members of Grassroots.

Here’s my concern: that you care
for God’s flock with all the
diligence of a shepherd. 1 Peter 5:2 (MSG)

Individuals on the Leadership Team keep a pulse on the happenings and dynamics of Grassroots Church life. This happens through communication with pastoral staff, other leaders and members in the church, as well as through seasonal reports by staff at Leadership Team meetings.

Member Responsibilities and Requirements

Strong leaders that make up the Leadership Team are essential to the health and care of the church. Team members have a strong commitment, sense of ownership and responsibility to see the vision and mission of Grassroots Church thrive.

Responsibilities include:

Leadership Team

  • Look after the specific area(s) of leadership delegated to them
  • Take on visible leadership
  • Ratify the yearly vision of the Lead Pastor
  • Ratify a yearly budget
  • Intervene and make decisions when more intensive care is required in situations initially dealt with by staff, the Ministry Team or Tribe leaders
  • Attend regular and special meetings called by the Leadership Team chairman
  • Pray regularly for Grassroots Church privately and with Leadership Team
  • Keep a pulse on the happenings and dynamics of Grassroots Church Life
  • Develop, in conjunction with the Ministry Team Director, new job descriptions as needed
  • Commit to serving through their passions and giftings, as well as explore outside their gifts and talents
  • Set the example for the teams that they guide
  • Always exhibit discernment and confidentiality

Chairperson(s) of Leadership Team
The Leadership Team operates with one or two Chairpersons. In addition to above, the following responsibilities for the Chairpersons include:

  • Call meetings
  • Set meeting agendas in cooperation with the Lead Pastor
  • In meetings, the Chairperson is to lead meetings in cooperation with the Lead Pastor
  • Ensure the goals of the Leadership Team are met.
  • Foster good communication between staff and the Lead Team
  • Coordinate with those presenting information at the meeting before the meeting takes place

The Executive Team
The Executive Team, made up of the Chairperson and at least two other Leadership Team members, has the following responsibilities in addition to above:

  • Engage in the day-to-day happenings of the church in cooperation with the pastoral staff
  • Work with the Lead Pastor to create a yearly vision for the church
  • Make decisions regarding day-to-day issues that do not need attention at full Leadership Team meetings
  • Complete a yearly staff evaluation and update the rest of the Leadership Team on the results
  • Look after the hiring and letting go of staff in cooperation with rest of the Leadership Team and the Trustee board

Requirements include:

Leadership Team

  • Spiritually and emotionally mature
  • Filled with the Holy Spirit
  • Upstanding character and reputation
  • A sense of calling and commitment to this greatest level of leadership burden in the church
  • Open minded and a willingness to learn
  • Good at making final call decisions
  • Maintain God-ordained priorities by putting Jesus Christ first before everything else
  • Consistent financial supporter
  • Good administrative skills
  • Committed to the vision and mission of Grassroots Church
  • Be an official Count Me In volunteer with a current police records check on file

Chairperson(s)

  • Has personal integrity
  • Is able to gain peoples’ trust
  • Is able to connect well with people
  • Person of Wisdom
  • Someone who keeps those they are leading inspired
  • A problem solver

Feature Scriptures

Exodus 18:21-23 (MSG)
Moses’ father-in-law said, “This is no way to go about it. You’ll burn out, and the people right along with you. This is way too much for you—you can’t do this alone. Now listen to me. Let me tell you how to do this so that God will be in this with you. Be there for the people before God, but let the matters of concern be presented to God. Your job is to teach them the rules and instructions, to show them how to live, what to do. And then you need to keep a sharp eye out for competent men—men who fear God, men of integrity, men who are incorruptible—and appoint them as leaders over groups organized by the thousand, by the hundred, by fifty, and by ten. They’ll be responsible for the everyday work of judging among the people. They’ll bring the hard cases to you, but in the routine cases they’ll be the judges. They will share your load and that will make it easier for you. If you handle the work this way, you’ll have the strength to carry out whatever God commands you, and the people in their settings will flourish also.”

Titus 1:5-9 (MSG)
I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions. As you select them, ask, “Is this man well-thoughtof? Is he committed to his wife? Are his children believers? Do they respect him and stay out of trouble?” It’s important that a church leader, responsible for the affairs in God’s house, be looked up to—not pushy, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry. He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself, and have a good grip on the Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.

1 Timothy 3:8-13 (MSG)
The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be made for women—same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.