Many churches typically operate on a hierarchical structure – the pastor at the top of the hierarchy, beneath him the parish council, and beneath them the people. If someone has a good idea, it usually has to make its way to the pastor, and wait for his decision or his action, resulting in an overworked pastor, and a lot of frustrated people.
In our church, we’ve reduced our parish council to just four members – our pastor and three wardens.
The rest of the work of the church is undertaken by eight teams of church members. The people who have a particular interest in an aspect of church life connect with other people who care about that aspect, and when the good ideas come up, they can be discussed and worked through and put into action by the people involved in that area.
Our Pastor is responsible for spiritual oversight of the teams, leadership training of the teams, worship services and the annual Church Camp.
Tel: 02-9580 1217 Mobile: 0400 282 848
Born in the USA and converted to Christ when he was 19, Bart ended up in Niger (West Africa) as a missionary, where he met his Australian wife, Kim. In the 1980’s, they came to Australia to study at Moore Theological College and raise their family of three children (Andrew, Christina and Stephanie). After an eight-year return to Niger, serving as an evangelist and pastor/teacher (Bart) and in development work (Kim), Bart was called to the Parish of Penshurst in 1997.
Since coming to Penshurst, Bart’s major focus has been on developing a multi-ethnic church community where Christians from culturally different backgrounds and languages can join together as one in worship and a supportive community. In his spare time, he loves music, home renovations, golf and time with his wife and four granddaughters.
Family and Children's Pastor
Mobile: 0439 022 877
Tiny was trained as a high school teacher before migrating to Australia in 1997.
She finished her B. Ministry from Morling College in 2004 and MA. Ministry at
Sydney Missionary Bible College in 2011. Before getting into full time
ministry, Tiny worked in different areas of community welfare sectors including
aged and respite care, drug and alcohol education, mental health and new
migrant settlement services. She also volunteers in hospital and prison
Tiny is married to Chun Fai and they have a son Nathan.
We have three Wardens on our Parish Council, who meet regularly to attend to the financial, legal and building and grounds issues.
OUR TEAM STRUCTURE
The eight teams who care for the ministry of our church are grouped together in line with our church’s motto:
Jesus – communicated, celebrated, demonstrated.
Jesus - communicated through His Word, involves the following teams:
Children’s Ministry Team
Mission and Outreach Team
Jesus – celebrated through Worship, involves the following teams:
Sunday Worship Team
Special Services team
Jesus – demonstrated through Welcome, involves the following teams:
Sunday Welcome Team
Social Fellowship Team
The Children’s Ministry Team looks after the important work of Sunday School, Kids Church and our Mothers’ Group.
The Mission and Outreach Team is responsible for supporting our missionaries and encouraging the work of mission in our church. We support several missions agencies financially by tithing the donations received at our church services, and spiritually by prayer.
The Discipleship Team are responsible for cell groups, Bible studies, New Member classes, baptism classes, the Sunday morning Welcomers and Youth Group.
The Sunday Worship Team coordinates the music teams, the technical people, the readings and prayers, everything that goes into making the Sunday service what it is.
The Social Fellowship Team organises our annual church camp, and all our special meals and events, like the Chinese celebrations of Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival, and our Passover meal just before Easter.
The Communications Team is responsible for announcements, publicity, The Voice, the church website and signage.
The Sunday Welcome Team looks after welcoming newcomers, recognising and acknowledging every person who comes; Sunday lunch, regular newcomers’ information lunches, pastoral visits and providing meals for those in need. They care about seeing everyone connected in, so no-one sits here alone and unseen.
Team Leaders Meeting
Bart regularly meet with all Team Leaders.