Chapel endeavours to ensure that all members are engaged in major decisions, part of the congregational model we follow that contributes to our colorful culture. This culture includes quarterly gatherings where, after a celebratory meal, praise and thanksgiving, progress and feedback, issues and major decisions are determined. These milestones are offered or presented by the Stewardship Team, currently a 6 person team of elected volunteers that are responsible for the well being of Chapel members and resources.
Within the Stewardship Team are 4 Deacons including a Secretary, Treasurer and Head of Facilities and 2 Elders. Pastoral support is provided by a Pastoral Team in which one of the Elders serves, ensuring a point of coordination with the ST.
Most Chapel members belong to one of the many Life Groups which meet on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis and provide teaching, prayer, outreach and social opportunities. We are keen to balance accountability and minimal hierarchy and as such are answerable to mentors and Trustees from the Countess of Huntingdons Connexion, the umbrella organisation of 21 churches in which we sit.
A Trustee joins us at our annual review where the membership decides on strategy and structure for the coming year or period, including the mission organisations to be supported and the team to lead it on. Long term partners include Open Doors, Sierra Leone Mission, Food Bank and Together in Mission. Our aim is to become increasingly outward focused, to connect more deeply with our partners in Christ, be they local or international, in furthering the gospel and providing hope.