A Statement from the recent NBC Leadership Retreat
Last Saturday (14th April), Pastors, leaders and representatives from the 3 congregations of NBC met together for the day to talk together about the future shape of the church. This was a significant day in the life of the NBC, as we listened to each other, re-told the story of NBC’s Mandarin (Chinese) congregation from its humble beginnings through to today, and shared both the joys and the struggles of this journey. As a result of the day together, there was a strong affirmation made of our continued commitment to be one church:
“We are a multicultural, multi-congregational church seeking to glorify God in all that we do. We meet for worship gatherings which are intentionally different in style, language and ethos, recognising that we are one church community, known as Northcote Baptist Church. Being one church means that we will intentionally look for ways to work together, which will include areas of shared leadership and ministry, hospitality which brings us together, shared management processes, and a commitment to a shared vision”.
As part of our talking together, we recognise that there have been some struggles and frustrations with our current leadership structures which are not serving us as as well as they once did. The Elders have undertaken to completely review our church structures and begin to shape some ideas for new leadership structures which will be brought to the membership for further discussion together. We plan to bring some initial ideas as quickly as possible. We ask for your continued prayer for all of us together at NBC, and for our Elders and Pastors as they seek to lead us forward.
Bruce Bradburn 主任牧師