When a church needs to employ new gospel workers, the ideal situation is for those people to be identified, trained and commissioned from amongst the church’s own congregation. But things aren’t always that simple. That’s why we have our Ministry Introductions service.
Ministry Introductions serves both churches looking for gospel workers, and trained individuals looking for an employed position in a church. This is currently limited to pastors registered with our Pastors’ Network, but we’re keen to expand the service to better help individuals enter into Independent church ministry.
It is the local church’s prerogative to choose and call its own pastor. However, the Pastors’ Network acts as a link for accredited pastors seeking a church and for churches seeking a pastor.
We recognise that the period when a church is without a pastor can be a critical stage in its life, and we wish to offer help with realism, sensitivity and confidentiality. Managing the service is the responsibility of our Pastoral Director (Richard Underwood) working in consultation with our Training Director (Trevor Archer). The Training Director will work with churches seeking a prospective pastor and the Pastoral Director will seek to link churches with those already in serving pastoral ministry.
The Ministry Introductions system is currently unavailable as we seek to integrate it with our new website. In the meantime, if you have any enquiries about the system then please contact Ali Davies using the contact form.
Our National Support team is made up of experienced pastors from across the country. The team works alongside Richard Underwood in strategic areas of Pastoral support.
Proverbs 27v17 can sometimes be overused, but it still remains true: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” We see an immense wealth of gifts and experiences amongst those who minister in our churches. If we can connect these people in meaningful ways – for support, inspiration and training – then our churches will greatly benefit. But how can we do that effectively?
Through our Pastors’ Network we seek to commend individuals so that churches can be assured of their character and gifting.
We believe that women have been given all sorts of ministry gifts, and that our churches are poorer if these gifts are not developed and used.
The Lord Jesus loves local churches irrespective of their size. However, smaller churches can be vulnerable and stand in need of particular love and care.