The leadership team drives the spiritual and strategic direction of Bless. Compelled by the vision of making Jesus known and motivated by the mission of God, the team is bold, courageous and expectant. They lead by example, challenging our community to go after this vision wholeheartedly. Our Senior Leader, Linda Ward, meets regularly with Ian Brown and Tom Callister to press into God’s plans for Bless. Between them, they represent several generations of leaders.
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The advisory team supports the leadership and releases appropriate resources to further the church’s mission. This team is a collaboration between previous church leaders, national ministries and leaders in business, charity, politics and the arts. They are an invaluable source of experience, representing different age groups and sectors and each focussing on a specific portfolio. They meet with the leadership team at least six times a year and are available to the Bless community year round.
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Bless currently employs nine part-time staff. We believe that our primary place is out in the local community, so every member of the staff team is also engaged in everyday life and jobs outside of the church. The team meets regualrly to support, encourage and strategise together. We also connect regularly with many key volunteers who are vital to the effective functioning of church life.
Our trustees serve Linda Ward and the leadership team by ensuring the operation of Bless as a charity is legal and effective. This relates to our aims and priorities and our use of resources. The trustees provide a safety net as guardians of the legal, financial and relational integrity of the church. They reflect the values of Bless in life and behaviour towards one another, the leadership and the Bless community.
The Small Group leaders meet regularly with the leadership team and small group overseers to review, update and develop the vital work of small group life. In the autumn of 2014, new small groups across the whole church family were launched with a clear vision to encourage living missionally. Ian and Maddy will be keen to speak with you to explore which small group is best for you.