Due to CCVT’s understanding of leadership, the role and function of a community’s non-Minister leaders, or ‘leader-leaders’ is very important.
The community’s Elders (sometimes also called deacons, board members, leadership team members or council members) provide leadership through valuable support to the community’s Minister/s and through partnership with the Minister/s in all that God is calling the community to be and do, including equipping people for mission and ministry through, for example, the five-fold ministry pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16.
This starts with prayer and a shared discernment of what this ministry looks like together. The leadership of Elders is primarily a spiritual leadership, which usually involves moving people on to God’s agenda.
Elders will also participate in designing vision and mission statements and strategic frameworks for a community’s ministry and mission, as well as providing or delegating financial accountability and ensuring compliance. Good governance and decision-making requires a high-quality framework for these conversations and the leadership expressed through them. Constitutions or Rules of Procedure and Board Charters can be helpful building blocks to ensure good processes and practices.
We can help resource the important role of Elders in a community.
Secretaries provide leadership through coordination and communication. Traditionally this role was ‘the Board Secretary’, but now this function is primarily fulfilled by administrators. These contacts are often in an administration role in the community but can also be a board member or other key leader. They are nominated by the community to be the main contact for official CCVT communications to the community and are responsible for forwarding that information on to the appropriate people locally. CCVT relies heavily on Secretaries to ensure that AGM documentation, newsletters, youth info and other items are distributed in a targeted and efficient manner.
Treasurers provide leadership through financial oversight and responsible and ethical stewardship of the community’s financial resources. Treasurers report to the Leadership of the community and/or are a vital member of the leadership structure. Treasurers’ responsibility may extend to ensuring compliance with applicable legal requirements of an organisation.
Treasurers are often responsible for the provision of payroll services for their community’s employees. In order to assist in this work CCVT has created a range of resources that can be found here.