The Leadership Team comprises:
The church elects four people to join the Leadership Team and, under our new Constitution, they are now elected by a ballot of the all the members of Toton Churches, instead of at the Annual Meeting (see above). Elected members serve for a maximum of four years before taking a break. To ensure continuity on the team, arrangements are in place to create rolling terms of office so that each year there will normally be one vacancy to fill.
Why hold an election?
The drawing of lots and elections are both biblical and enshrined in the arrangements within Methodism and the Church of England. Sometimes, churches fight shy of elections, fearing that people may be upset if not elected or resentful if not selected. However, we believe that members of Toton Churches should welcome the opportunity to stand in and hold elections. A good number of nominees shows that a range of people are sensing a call to some form of leadership role in the church, and win or lose, we would hope to ensure all those who step out to be nominated find a way to express leadership in our churches both now and in the future.
What is the Leadership Team for?
The TCC has recently restated the core principles underpinning the Leadership Team and how it should operate:
What does the Leadership Team do?
Leadership Team usually meets around three times a month currently on Tuesday evenings. It spends its time:
The Team does not lead everything or do everything! Its work is to hold together all that God is doing in Toton Churches, seek His Will for what to do, or stop doing, in the future, and support all members in their various ministries.
Who is the Leadership Team responsible to?
The leadership team is responsible to Toton Churches Council (TCC). It reports to the Council and it implements decisions made by the Council. Our revised Constitution is very clear that the TCC is the governing body of the churches and sets out clearly the responsibilities of the Stewards’ Group, the Warden’s Group and all other groups and teams, all of which are responsible to the TCC. All members of the leadership team (except our Ministers) are subject to periodic election so are accountable to the membership as a whole.
Following our Annual Meeting, we are now seeking nominations for one elected place on the Toton Churches Leadership Team. Last year, we elected four people onto the new Leadership Team – Gill Dann, Keith Murray, Lynne Pearson and Gill Stone. Under our constitution, one member steps down each year. Lynne Pearson will stand down this year, though she is eligible to be nominated again for a four year term.
In addition, Toton Methodist Church has two places available for nominated representatives. As the elected Stewards are not taking these places, they are seeking TM members who would be willing to represent them on the Leadership Team for the coming year. Anyone interested or wanting to find out more should speak with the TM Stewards. It is important to note that, should no Methodist representatives be found, Toton Churches Leadership Team may include only their Minister, Ali Jones, who is able to attend one in three meetings. Should this occur, it would bring into sharper focus the sustainability of our current way of leading Toton Churches – i.e. a joint Leadership Team and a combined Church Council – and it would be a significant contributory element in our current review of how best Toton Churches should be governed.
So, we are inviting the whole membership of Toton Churches to help discern who might fill these vacancies by praying, speaking to the Stewards about the places for nominated representatives, and voting in a membership-wide ballot to elect the person to fill the one elected place. An information sheet and nomination form is now available detailing how the Leadership Team operates and its role. Please pick up one up today.
Further information is available from current members of the Leadership Team.
Information Sheet and Nomination form are available here. Nomination forms need to be returned by Sunday 3rd June at the latest.