“From Him (Christ) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16
Every member of the body of Christ is called to play their part in the ministry and mission of the church. So (in line with the pattern set out in Ephesians 4:12) we appoint staff across the Emmanuel Bristol family not to do all the ministry and mission themselves, but to use their time and gifts to equip and support the rest of the church family in its ministry and mission.
All of the staff team are members of one of our churches, most have ministry rooted in their local church, but serve in at least one area of ministry that reaches across the whole family of churches.
Mike Cain works 6 days a week as the pastor of Emmanuel Westbury and serves across the Emmanuel family of churches by taking responsibility for our shared preaching programme, church planting plans and the overall vision for our family of churches.
Sam Chapple is a member of the Emmanuel Westbury church family and serves across the Emmanuel family of churches for 20 hours a week (mostly mornings) looking mainly at buildings management, health and safety and IT.
Mike Harris works 3 days for Emmanuel City Centre, leading the student ministry, preaching and encouraging the church family in evangelism. He spends the rest of his week working for Christians in Sport as their South West regional worker, with Saturday as his day off.
Sam Ievins is a trainee pastor at Emmanuel City Centre. He spends 1.25 days a week helping disciple church family members and co-ordinate Prayer & Praise events. 1 day a week he goes to a Bible teaching course in London called Cornhill. The rest of his time he spends in non-church work, as a software developer.
Sim Jemmett is part of Emmanuel Westbury, and serves across the Emmanuel family of churches in preaching and discipling, and taking the lead in helping us to serve the poor and vulnerable in our city in practical ways. Sim works 2 days a week for Emmanuel and the rest of the time as a personal trainer based out of a fitness studio in South Bristol.
Ellie Maffett works 6 days a week, Sunday to Friday, rooted at Emmanuel Westbury where she is involved in enabling student ministry and in making disciples. Across the family of churches she co-ordinates some of the more formal aspects of training (e.g. kick starter issues evenings) and training the Ministry Assistants.
Kit Meeson works Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Emmanuel City Centre, with a particular focus on the student ministry. She works with Mike Harris to support the student group leaders and helps to disciple female students at Emmanuel City Centre. During the rest of the week, Kit works for MoveGB, a health and fitness company based in Bath.
Louise Roche is a ministry assistant. She works for Emmanuel Sunday-Friday, helping with student ministry at Emmanuel City Centre and serving across the Emmanuel family by helping with admin for Sundays (preparing service sheets etc.).
Simon Russell works one third of his time for “Living Out” and two thirds of his time as the director of operations for the Emmanuel Bristol family of churches. He oversees the shared logistics of our increasingly complex life together.
Ed Shaw is the pastor of Emmanuel City Centre. He works 6 days a week for Emmanuel (one day of which is set aside for his work with “Living Out”) and serves across the Emmanuel family of churches by taking responsibility for both small group leader and staff team training. He takes either Friday or Saturday as his day-off.
Nathan Sherwood is not actually employed by Emmanuel, but is an apprentice based at Emmanuel Bishopston – funded by generous gifts from individuals and various trusts. He spends 1.5 days a week studying teaching and preaching the Bible at the Cornhill Training Course in London and serves Emmanuel 4.5 days a week. His role at Bishopston is to support the day to day ministry of the church, with a focus on music and helping people to read the Bible for themselves.
Jordan Thompson is a ministry assistant based at Emmanuel City Centre. He helps with student ministry and serves the wider church family by helping with admin for Sundays (sorting out service sheets etc.) and helping in practical ways during the week (eg setting up the Emmanuel Westbury toddler group on a Thursday morning.)
Ian Taylor is the associate pastor of Emmanuel Westbury. He spends 1.5 days a week studying for an MA in Theology and works for Emmanuel 4.5 days a week. Ian’s role is to support the ministry to children and youth (at both Bishopston and Westbury) to help young families in their discipleship and evangelism. Ian’s day off is Saturday.
Sarah Udejiofo works as a ministry assistant. She helps with the student ministry and junior church at Emmanuel Westbury and serves across the Emmanuel family by helping with admin for Sundays.
Jim Walford works 6 days a week as the pastor of Emmanuel Bishopston. He serves across the Emmanuel family of churches by leading the way in training and encouraging us in evangelism and in overseeing the work of the Mission Partners Support Team.
How does the staff team relate to the leadership structures of the church?
Each church within the Emmanuel Bristol family has a small team of Elders who provide local oversight and a larger Leadership Team. The Leadership Team is made up of members of the church who either lead a small group or head up another key area of ministry and works a bit like a church council.
Because we are a family of churches working together, representatives from each team of elders meet together to form the Steering Team. The Steering Team gives direction to the whole Emmanuel Bristol family of churches – and is accountable to the Board of trustees and to the Bishop of Bristol.
So the staff team is not itself part of our leadership structures. It is simply a team of people who have been freed up for differing amounts of time to serve across the family of churches in a range of different ways.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12