South Park Chapel Leadership Principles
Since an Overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless –not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
- The Chapel is led by at least 3 Elders who collectively are responsible for the Spiritual leadership and Discipleship of those who attend the Chapel.
- The Elders should be able to affirm the Statement of Faith and agree with the Core Values of the Chapel, and be Members of the Chapel.
- An Elder should be a baptised believer, who is not a recent convert. His character should be in accordance with the principles of 1 Timothy 3 verses 1-7 & Titus 1 verses 5-9.
- An Elder may be paid by the Trustees of the Chapel.
- The Elders are all of equal status. They should meet together frequently and strive to reach all decisions unanimously.
- The Elders should involve the Members in decision making in the following ways:
- The Elders should call an annual meeting of members to present their plans for the coming year and give an account of their actions, and how the Chapel funds have been spent, in the previous year.
- The Elders must take into account any comments, suggestions or questions made by a Member at the Annual meeting, or if made in writing at any other time.
- The Elders should respond to the comment, suggestion or question, and give reasons if the suggestion is not to be taken up.
Leadership within the Chapel
- The Elders may appoint others to various tasks, such as chairing meetings, stewarding, evangelism, conducting Sunday schools or any other tasks which is desirable in the life and outreach of the Chapel. Such appointees should attend either South Park Chapel or another Christian fellowship, and be able to affirm the Statement of Faith and the Core Values of the Chapel.
- The Elders may direct from time to time how the various activities of the Chapel are to be led and conducted, so long as the principles of the priesthood of all believers, plurality of ministry and plurality of leadership, are adhered to.
Removal and appointment of Elders
- An Elder will cease to be an Elder if
- He resigns by written notice to the Elders; or
- He has in the opinion of the remaining Elders ceased to subscribe and adhere to, in belief and lifestyle, the Statement of Faith and the Core Values of the Chapel.
- The responsibility of appointing new Elders falls on those who are already Elders, and if there are fewer than 3 Elders for more than a year, on the Trustees of South Park Chapel who are in place at the relevant time, who will consult the Members, to suggest candidates, or ratify appointments.
- Chapel Membership is open to all baptised Christian believers who can affirm the Statement of Faith, and agree with the Core Values of the Chapel.
- A person may become a Member by applying to or being invited by the Elders to become a member. A register of Members is to be maintained by the Elders. Membership is at no cost, but implies the acceptance of the responsibilities outlined in the Core Values, in support of the church.
- The Elders may remove from Membership any person who ceases to be able to affirm the Statement of Faith.
- Otherwise a person’s membership may be ended if they have not attended any meetings at the Chapel for 12 months, or have expressed a wish to discontinue membership.
- The Elders should not remove any person from the Register of members without first consulting that person and confirming the decision in writing.