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CHURCH

PROFILE OF EASTLEIGH BAPTIST CHURCH

Eastleigh Baptist Church

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Wells Place, Eastleigh

www.eastleighbaptist.org.uk

Hants, SO50 5LJ

Last Updated:

Jan 2019


WELCOME This document seeks to give anyone prayerfully considering the role of Senior Minister of Eastleigh Baptist Church an insider view of the church. This document should be read in conjunction with our websites www. eastleighbaptist.org.uk and www.wellsplace.org.uk and does not replicate all the information available on these websites.

TONY HARRISON

Church Secretary


CONTENTS 03

ABOUT US

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FINANCES

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THE ROLE

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PRACTICAL MATTERS

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COMMUNITY LINKS

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NEXT STEPS

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OPPORTUNITIES

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APPENDICES

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“TO INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO JESUS CHRIST SO THAT THEY BECOME

HIS LOYAL FOLLOWERS.”

~ OUR MISSION STATEMENT

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ABOUT US

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OUR STORY ... SO FAR Eastleigh Baptist Church is a vibrant and lively town centre church with a variety of styles of teaching and worship. Prayer is central to church life. It has a current membership of 216 that is committed to the service of Christ in the church, the local community and also further afield with particular links in Brazil and Zimbabwe. In 1996 the church was given a vision of building a community centre known as Wells Place Centre. The Wells Place Centre (WPC) is 20 years old this year. It is part of our church premises and now includes a coffee shop in which much weekday “church� occurs. The WPC is a central part of our ministry and mission making

ABOUT EASTLEIGH Eastleigh borough population is 125,000 and is the fastest growing borough in Hampshire. Eastleigh town itself has a greater proportion of 20-29 year olds than any other part of the district and a relatively large number of one person households and one parent families.*

us a church that is open 7 days a week. The church runs a wide variety of groups during the week and on Sundays. An overview of all these groups and a history of the church can be found on the EBC website and will not be discussed in this document.

OUR AREA Eastleigh is a thriving town midway between Southampton and Winchester just off the M3 and M27 motorways and close to Southampton airport. The church occupies a prominent position on the edge of the town centre adjacent to the Swan Shopping Centre. The Swan Centre includes a supermarket, a range of small and large shops, a leisure complex (cinema, bowling, play area, restaurants) and a car park.

* 2011 census information available from Eastleigh Borough Council website. Next one due 2021.

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OUR STRUCTURE

ABOUT US

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WE ARE A SEVEN DAY A WEEK CHURCH “Wells Place Centre is an integral ministry of Eastleigh Baptist Church demonstrating the love of Jesus by serving the needs of the local community and beyond.�

EASTLEIGH BAPTIST CHURCH Eastleigh Baptist Church is a registered charity and in membership with the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Southern Counties Baptist Association, the Evangelical Alliance and the Willow Creek Association. The Leadership Team of 16 is made up from the elected deacons of the church (mixed backgrounds, both male and female) and the paid ministry team.

WELLS PLACE CENTRE Wells Place Centre is a Community Interest Company (CIC) and is, in legal terms, a trading subsidiary of EBC. It is managed by the Directors and Management Team (D&M Team) who are accountable to the Leadership Team and ultimately the church meeting. Although legally required to be set up as a separate entity it is a central part of our community ministry.

TEAM LEADERSHIP All areas of the church are managed within a team structure. Typically each of the Leadership Team lead one of these teams, leads adhoc projects that fall between teams or holds another key responsibility in the church. A picture of the Leadership Team structure can be found in Appendix 1. A large proportion of the congregation make up these teams with most people serving on at least one team.

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OUR MEMBERSHIP AT A GLANCE

216

Members as of 31st March 2018

180 - 220

On an average Sunday morning

Children & Young People

40 - 50

on an average Sunday morning (included in above)

30 - 60

At an average evening service

MEMBERSHIP As at 31st March 2018 there were 216 church members. The number of church members has been fairly static over the last 5-10 years although the church has sent a number of members into ministry and the mission field during this time. The normal Sunday morning congregation is between 180 – 220 with all the age ranges well represented. The Sunday evening congregation is between 30 – 60. The congregation consists of many who live within walking distance of the church but many travel from Chandler’s Ford or Fair Oak. The results of our BU census taken as an average over two Sundays in February 2018 (not half term Sundays) is as follows: 50

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Number of Attendees

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Attendees (Gender & Age)

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THE ROLE

DESIRABLE QUALITIES

IN A MINISTER

The church has spent time in this vacancy to prayerfully consider the desirable attributes of a new Senior Minister. The congregation of EBC see the following giftings as the most desirable in a Senior Minister at this time: team leader of Ministry Team, teacher/preacher and pastor. These aspects are covered in more detail in the next few pages. The make up of the Ministry Team is detailed overleaf. In leading this team the Senior Minister would be expected to: • Develop the bigger picture and ensure all ministries are working within this; • Support the team in their individual ministries; and • Be pastorally responsible for the team.

“THE CHURCH IS OUR PEOPLE AND CARING FOR THEM SPIRITUALLY, PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY IS A PRIORITY.”

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THE MINISTRY TEAM PASTORAL VACANCY

CHRIS WALKER

TOBY DODSON

Senior Minister

Youth and Children’s Minister

Community Minister

Currently in Pastoral Vacancy. Our last Senior Minister was Rev Joth Hunt who was called into Regional Ministry for the Southern Counties Baptist Association with effect from 1st January 2018. He was appointed in August 2009.

Rev Chris Walker was originally appointed in February 2007 as a Youth Worker. He studied Youth and Community Work and Applied Theology at Bristol Centre for Youth Ministry and became the Youth and Children’s Minister in 2011. Chris leads a children’s, youth and family team of volunteers in a wide variety of groups and initiatives. The Leadership Team see Chris’s ministry as a main area for future growth. Chris is a regular preacher and participates in all aspects of church life.

Toby Dodson is our Community Minister. Toby was a member of the church and had worked in the charity sector for 20 years with homelessness and drug and alcohol recovery when he heard God’s calling on his life into ministry. The church supported him during his time of training at Moorland’s college. At the end of this training, the church saw an opportunity for Toby to develop the work of WPC and recognised God’s calling on his life to do so. Toby therefore joined the ministry team in February 2013 and his community ministry has been growing since then. He has strong links with a number of social action agencies within the area. One of Toby’s primary areas of focus is ministering to those who walk into our coffee shop from the street looking for help. Toby leads a team of volunteer “coffee shop pastors”, a Choices course (helping people regain confidence and self-esteem), a Friends into Faith discipleship initiative as well as preaching and participating in all aspects of church life. The Leadership Team also see Toby’s ministry as a main area for

EMMA LEGGETT Operations Manager

LYNDA WISBEY Pastoral Worker (Retired May 18) Emma Leggett was appointed as Wells Place Centre Manager in August 2012 and appointed to her current role in May 2017 after a re-structuring exercise. Emma leads the Operations Team of 12 paid staff and a number of volunteers covering administration, catering, caretaking and cleaning. The paid Operations Team is jointly employed by EBC and WPC and works across both organisations. Emma’s role encompasses some traditional Church Secretary and Treasurer functions and also supports the Senior Minister in organisational and strategic issues. Emma is one of the Directors of WPC and therefore provides continuity across both organisations. The structure of the Operations Team can be found in Appendix 2. Emma works 70% part time.

Lynda Wisbey was appointed in February 2014 and retired in May 2018. Lynda led our Pastoral Co-ordinating Team of volunteers and has put in place structure within this work during the years she has been here. Lynda continues to lead this team voluntarily in retirement although she’s will not continuing in the administrative aspect of her role and is no longer part of the ministry team. The role of a future pastoral worker is awaiting consideration post senior minister appointment and the outcome of our vision discovery process. (See page

future growth.

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TEACHING & PASTORING

THE CONGREGATION

THE CHURCH RUNS A WIDE VARIETY OF GROUPS DURING THE WEEK AND ON SUNDAYS. TO ENABLE THESE THE “FOLLOWING GIFTINGS ARE DESIRABLE IN A SENIOR MINISTER: TEAM LEADER, PREACHER/TEACHER AND PASTOR.”

SOME OUR REGULAR ACTIVITIES

SMALL GROUPS BARNABAS NETWORK PRAYER MEETINGS CHILDREN & YOUTH GROUPS

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TEACHING / PREACHING AND WORSHIP The church is our people and caring for them spiritually, physically and emotionally is a priority. Strong teaching / preaching ability is required from a Senior Minister and would be supported by Chris, Toby and a number of gifted lay preachers. Development of the preaching plan is expected together with preaching on average 4-6 times per month (split over mornings and evenings).

The church has a Worship Team which oversees the worship leaders, musicians and singers, the introduction of new songs and the variety of worship styles. The Senior Minister would be expected to lead this team but not necessarily lead worship on a regular basis unless that was a recognised area of gifting.

PASTORING Our Pastoral Co-ordinating Team oversee pastoral care led by Lynda. The PCT has oversight of the key pastoral care groups in the church: the small groups, prayer, visiting, welcoming and welcoming those with additional needs teams. A Senior Minister would be expected to be part of the PCT and their particular role on it determined by their gifting in this area. Lynda will continue to lead the PCT post retirement for a period of time or until a new Senior Minister is ready to take this over.

BARNABAS NETWORK

PRAYER

There are 17 small groups within

The church also runs a “Barnabas

Prayer is central to church life.

the church which encompasses

Network” mentoring course. This is

Prayer activities include daily

approximately 100 people who meet

an opportunity for members of the

weekday prayers, regular Saturday

either at WPC (daytime or evening) or

congregation at any point in their

prayer events, monthly mission focus

in people’s homes. There are a wide

spiritual lives to have 1-1 mentoring.

prayer meetings, regular prayer

variety of groups encompassing all

There are currently 32 people being

walks and prayer meetings to focus

SMALL GROUPS

age ranges from one group just for

mentored by 25 mentors. This

on adhoc events. There is a Prayer

young adults to a group just for those

course started in January 2016 and

Team who are involved in much of

senior in years. We have a group

was developed by the previous

this and a “Prayer Hub” which brings

just for the ladies or groups just for

Senior Minister and Chris. It

structure to the different aspects of

the gents as well as more traditional

encourages intentional development

prayer. A Senior Minister would be

small groups which meet in people’s

in four areas: spiritual growth; study;

involved in all aspects of prayer life.

homes in the evenings. One of the

service; and sharing your faith. It has

aims of the PCT is to encourage more

been a milestone in the development

people into small groups and that

of most people who are part of it.

more pastoral care is then delivered

There is a Barnabas Network team

through these groups.

which oversees this and a Senior Minister would be part of this team and would also consider how to develop it further.

A recognised strength of EBC is the number of children and youth who are a regular part of our congregation demonstrated by the figures on page 5. As well as Sunday activities, there are a wide variety of well attended weekday activities and a number of adhoc events

CHILDREN & YOUTH GROUPS

throughout the year. The church is led in its care and teaching of the youth and children in the congregation by Chris. A Senior Minister would be expected to support Chris in the further development of this work.

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COMMUNITY LINKS

LINKS INTO

OUR COMMUNITY

WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE SERVICE OF CHRIST IN THE CHURCH, THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND ALSO FURTHER AFIELD

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COMMUNITY LINKS There are a number of different strands of community links:

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN EASTLEIGH (CTiE) EBC works closely with the other churches in the Eastleigh area sharing the resourcing of Street Pastors, training opportunities and, for the last few years, an annual summer mission outreach in the town under the banner of HOPE. CTiE a meet once a month generally within WPC to share, pray and continue to develop joint working.

SCHOOLS There are strong links with various schools within the area. Chris is regularly asked to lead assemblies and other activities. Children from these schools come to our annual holiday club, other family outreach activities and have attended our Christmas labyrinth in their class groups over the last 3 years.

SOCIAL ACTION AGENCIES There are strong links with the local social action agencies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Basics Bank, ARK (befriending and practical help for vulnerable local people), Fledge (homeless charity for young people), CAP (Christian debt counselling), Safe for Families (Christian volunteers supporting families at risk), The Lilies Centre (pregnancy counselling), Two Saints (homeless advice), Winchester Homeless Shelter and the Job Centre (they refer people to the Choices course run by Toby twice per year). 11


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OPPORTUNITIES

CURRENT

OPPORTUNITIES OUTREACH Over approximately the last 5 years, the church has been concentrating on building “crowd” around it using the model laid out in Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Church. This has been done through a number of different outreach activities focussed around Easter, Harvest and Christmas together with the summer HOPE outreach. A couple of street parties have also been hosted with great community involvement and appreciation around the Jubilee and the Queen’s 90th birthday. A number of our school links hold Easter and Christmas services within the church and Chris and his team are regularly involved in these. Over the last few years we have built a labyrinth within the church telling the Christmas Story. This has had a lot of footfall from schools and also the community, (see www. thenativityexperience.co.uk). Another regular highlight is our annual holiday club for years R to 6 when approx. 60 children attend each day. Crowd is also building through our coffee shop ministry. The future direction of this work is overseen by the Outreach Team. The Senior Minister would be expected to lead this team. JOURNEY Eastleigh Baptist Church is therefore becoming well known within the Eastleigh community. We are continually looking for ways to move this crowd through the steps to becoming core. There is a sense of wanting to journey alongside people through life - both those currently part of the congregation and part of the ”crowd”. A Senior Minister would be expected to lead the development of this.

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“We are continually looking for ways to move this crowd through the steps to becoming core.”

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PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

“TO INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO JESUS CHRIST....

The church also recognises that it is one of the best resourced baptist churches in the area and therefore has a lot to offer in terms of partnering with local struggling churches. The previous Senior Minister focussed his sabbatical term on investigating church partnering structures and a number of local churches have approached EBC to discuss partnering opportunities. This initiative is still in its infancy and there is potential for it to be developed in the future.

WELLS PLACE CENTRE The church had plans 20 years ago for Wells Place Centre phase 2 which would have replaced the current Desborough Hall (the original church building) with a modern sports hall and other office and storage facilities. The hall now needs significant expenditure to bring it up to modern standards. The church therefore needs to consider the future of the hall with some urgency. With the growth of our coffee shop ministry and busyness of the centre in general our ground floor layout is also no longer working well. The church’s strategy for the next few years therefore needs to consider how to resolve this in light of the ministry needs anticipated within the church’s vision. It is expected that the Church Operations Manager with the support of the Buildings Trustee would lead much of this project. However, as with any capital project, much of the envisioning would come from a Senior Minister. OVERSEAS MISSION The church has links with Westview Baptist Church in Zimbabwe and an orphanage in Brazil as well as a number of UK organisations. The Mission Team aim to educate and challenge people into different kinds of short term mission at home and abroad every year. A Senior Minister would work with the Mission Team leader in the mission development of this. VISION DISCOVERY The church has started (September 2018) a Vision Discovery process adapted from a model by Will Mancini in his book God Dreams. The church are seeking God’s unique vision for this next season of His mission within Eastleigh.

....SO THAT THEY BECOME HIS LOYAL FOLLOWERS.”

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THE FINANCES

OUR

FINANCES KEY HEADLINES

BUDGET FOR 2018 BALANCED

BUDGET FOR 2019 NEEDS WORK

WE HAVE A FINANCE STRATEGY TEAM

RESERVES AS OF FEB 18 £141K

FINANCES The church budget is balanced for 2018. With the maintenance needs of the hall and the extensive buildings that the church own, the budget for 2019 and beyond needs some attention. The church is reliant on one off gifts and the work of WPC meeting a percentage of overheads as part of the annual budget. A Finance Strategy Team is being set up to start this work. Key statistics from the 2017 cashflow report and 2018 budgeting process are detailed below. Reserves as at end February 2018 were £141k.

Used

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NB: • 2017 reserves used and expenditure were significantly higher than anticipated in the 2018 budgeting process due to the refurbishment in 2017 of the caretaker’s property owned by the church. • The Senior Minister salary is being used in 2018 for various one-off initiatives.

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THE PRACTICAL MATTERS & NEXT STEPS

PRACTICAL MATTERS

ACCOMMODATION The church owns a 3 bedroom manse within walking distance of the church. The church would be prepared to consider purchasing an alternative property if this one did not meet the needs of the Senior Ministerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family. The church would also be willing to consider a leaseback agreement if preferred.

NEXT STEPS CONTACT US If you have a sense of God speaking to you to investigate this role further, the Leadership Team would love to meet with you. Please contact our Moderator, Rev Jonathan Edwards at jpageedwards2@gmail.com in the first instance.

FOR MORE INFO PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE AT: WWW.EASTLEIGHBAPTIST.ORG.UK

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THANK YOU!

FOR CONSIDERING US

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APPENDICES

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APPENDIX 1

LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE

Non portfolio leader

Non portfolio leader

Worship Team

Snr Minister & Link Trustee

Snr Minister & Link Trustee

Teaching Team

Small Groups

Senior Minister

Comms team

Church Leadership Team

Operations Manager

Finance

Church Treasurer

Includes paid ministry team + team leaders + non-portfolio leaders

Admin

Church Secretary

Buildings & Fabric

H&S

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Prayer Team

Buildings Trustee

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WPC

Chair of D&M / Operations Manager

Visiting Team

Pastoral Co Team

Pastoral Worker Welcoming Team

Children & Youth Teams Outreach Teams

Snr, Yth & Com Ministers

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Yth & Com Ministers

Local

Global


APPENDIX 2

OPERATIONS TEAM

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