PURLEY CIRCUIT MISSION POLICY 2018
The Purley Circuit exists to share the good news of Jesus Christ in word and action, and to hold together and enable the 7 individual churches of the Circuit as they carry out this mission.
The policy will be carried forward in this way:-
• by using a diverse mix of staff resources, as judged necessary by the Circuit Meeting.
• by aiming to have the equivalent of three full time stipendiary ministers in the circuit.
• by using the staff as a team, that meets regularly to support each other and work together on projects where this is advantageous.
• by establishing a Circuit Leadership team consisting of the ministerial staff members, the Circuit Stewards, the Circuit Treasurer and the Circuit Meeting Secretary – who will advise the Circuit Meeting and take action on its behalf between meetings.
• by applying Circuit resources (including staff) as the Circuit Leadership Team decides, with priority being given to service and evangelism.
• by recognising pastoral links in the making of the preaching plan.
• by seeking to make best use of the talents of Local Preachers for the good of the Circuit and the churches.
• by encouraging local churches to find, train and use Worship Leaders, or to find other means whereby worship can be arranged and led locally.
• by offering events which supplement what each local church is able to offer – including shared evening worship, groups studying theology, youth activities etc.
• by encouraging local churches to offer meetings for prayer and bible study
• by urging local churches to find suitable ways to engage with their local communities in service and evangelism – while recognising that the pattern of such activities will differ from church to church
• by requiring each church to report to the Circuit on its life and mission once a year
• by building relationships with neighbouring Circuits to share resources and facilitate mission.
This policy will be reviewed and revised as necessary but at least every 3 years.