our leadership vision:
At FNLC there is a sense that the Lord is asking us to develop a fresh expression of the kind of church that was modelled in Acts 2. It is not based on organised religion, is not dominated by theological doctrine (although we recognise that we must hold to a core fundamental set of beliefs), nor a Church driven by services and meetings. It is far deeper and far wider. It is a lifestyle where we breathe, eat and live the good news of Jesus. A people who work together with Jesus and one another in love, forgiveness, healing, soul care and restoration, for the following purposes …
a) Introducing people to the Kingdom of Heaven
b) Introducing people to Jesus who is Lord and King of this Kingdom
c) Empowering people to become committed followers of Jesus and part of His Kingdom
d) Enabling people to find their purpose and giftings to serve in this Kingdom
Our leadership structure has been formulated to reflect that mission. It is a model where the leadership serve the vision and not the vision serving them.
The Church Eldership is responsible for the spiritual oversight of the local congregation.
This role is outward focussed and supports both FNLC and local churches.
An executive of team of leaders who assist the spiritual lead through specific gifts & functions.
In addition to this, there will be other members who will assist in ministries such as Prayer, worship, Intercession, Youth, NRG, Hospitality, Maintenance, etc.
our LEADERSHIP TEAM:
Mark & Lorraine Baker - Spiritual Lead
In September 2019, Mark will be stepping down from the leadership of FNLC to become the National Director of Focus on Israel. The church is in the process of engaging a new member of the leadership.
We would like to thank Mark and Lorraine for their dedicated service, loving leadership and Spirit filled teaching.
We wish them God's blessing in the new chapter of their ministry.
Peter & Jean Bayliss - Spiritual Lead
Pete & Jean were part of the founding members of the Church and began working in leadership alongside Ken and Sue Matthews as part of the Eldership.
Pete has worked for many years in the Social Care industry, specialising in working with families and young people in crisis.
Jean has recently retired, having worked for many years at Kears Opticians.
They have a wonderful pastoral heart and are greatly loved and respected by all.
Keith & Claire Bushell - Team Members
Keith and Claire have been married for 22 years and have lived in the Forest all their married life. They became Christians in 1988 and 1986 respectively and joined FNLC in 2009.
Claire, is a teacher by profession and plays a major role in our "kids club" team. Keith works for Airbus, leads the Mens Ministry, is a Trustee for Cambodia Action and preaches at a number of local churches.
They have two children Emily and Lizzie.
Emily who studied Psychology at Canterbury, and is an active member of the Student Christian Fellowship and a local church, when not at home.
Lizzie is a member of Fusion and enjoys horse riding, cooking and Rugby.