Leadership Structure

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the One Way Christian Church. As a church we seek to reflect His priorities in all that we do and how we do it. By the power of the Holy Spirit we seek to serve the Risen Lord Jesus Christ and fulfill His mandate for us in Margate, the Channel and beyond. Under this headship of Christ, the church is led by a leadership group of elders (called the Session or church council). In spite of being covenanted together with a wider network of local reformed churches, most matters will be dealt with by One Way’s Session which meets monthly. The One Way Session is accountable locally to our network of churches by virtue of our operating covenant. Above this we are part of a statewide grouping of reformed churches which we call Classis. Classis meets 3 times a year. Above this there are some national structures of our denomination which are focused on a national Synod which meets once every three years. The elders usually serve a 3-5 year term and are appointed on the basis of the qualities and character requirements for elders which are found in 1 Timothy 3v2-7 and Titus 1v6-9. Session’s role is to oversee the church to ensure it remains a truly Biblical church, that the Word of God is faithfully taught, that the church is a praying community, that members are being appropriately cared for both spiritually and physically, and that the church is protected from harmful influences, lovingly confronting those who are contradicting Biblical truth or who are continuing in patterns of sinful behaviour so that the integrity and unity of the church is maintained (Matthew 18:15-20; Acts 20:28-31; Titus 1:9; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4). A word on democracy The church is not a democracy. Its leadership (and responsibility for that leadership) is given to appropriately gifted and qualified men who are set aside for the task and who are to exercise that leadership in servant heartedness, without ‘lording it over’ others, but with gentleness. We will always welcome points of view and ideas but our key concern is to do what is pleasing and faithful to God and not necessarily people. The Bible teaches that in response to the biblical pattern of leadership, the members of the church are to lovingly support their leaders and submit to their leadership (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; Hebrews 13:17.)