Two New Elders – A Key Step Forward
On Sunday, 28th January 2018, I am thrilled that we will be setting in two new Elders to serve on our team at Westminster Chapel. They are Josh Harvey and Dan Skead, pictured above (L-R) with their wives Jade and Chrissie.
During our morning service, with help from our Apostolic Leaders, Guy Miller and Malcolm Kayes, we will pray for these two men in this important leadership role for our church, and for their supporting wives.
We believe in Eldership and the power of ‘team’. Eldership as outlined in the Bible is God’s anointed leadership structure, with Christ at the head and His authority flowing through us to the people we serve. Establishing this team is pivotal in our journey to becoming a church that sees hundreds of lives transformed, and tens of congregations started.
Both men have a great track record of faithful service to the Chapel since they became members in 2007 and 2009 respectively, and are loyal friends and fantastic guys. Their appointments follow on from Stephen and me in January 2017, and we are believing more Elder appointments will follow.
Josh is a gifted preacher and bible teacher; he jointly oversees our Belonging (membership) Course and has led a Life Group with his wife Jade (who has also led our women’s and youth ministry during her 11 years at the Chapel). He served as part of the Change Team and more recently our Wider Leadership Team, and as well as preaching on Sundays has spoken on the Alpha Course and to the students and twenties. Beyond this he has brought good counsel to the lives of numerous individual Chapel members and is a valued friend to many in the church. Before moving to London, Josh also became a lay minister of the Wesleyan Reform Union of Churches, an association of about 100 independent local churches.
Dan is equally a good preacher and teacher. Some years ago, he attended a two year ministry training course at London Theological Seminary (now London Seminary). He has spoken on Sundays and at our Alpha Courses and also been an extremely popular table-discussion leader. Together with his wife Chrissie he has led our Beta course and some time back oversaw the PA/AV team. He and Chrissie are currently overseeing an extensive upscaling of our Life Group ministry. He has also been part of our Wider Leadership Team and has a deserved reputation for being a wise friend to many at the Chapel.
In October last year we held a Church Members vote on their appointment, and we were thrilled when our church responded so positively – both gaining huge support from our members – in the region of 95%!
I am so thankful for all Josh and Dan have already brought in their service to God at the Chapel, and look forward to all God will do through them and in them as they step up to be Elders and work to further our vision for the Chapel.
If you’ve not been to Chapel before and want to find out what we’re about, this will be a great service to come to! It starts at 11am, and will be followed by tea and coffee, then lunch together in our Main Hall.
Please be praying for these guys as they step up to lead!