"Church Profile History Our Church facilities nestled amongst the trees in one of the last remaining semirural pockets of Capalaba are located on the boundary of Jo"
Church Profile History Our Church facilities, nestled amongst the trees in one of the last remaining semirural pockets of Capalaba are located on the boundary of Jones Road and Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale. Redlands Fellowship was formed in 1988, when the Capalaba Baptist Church and North Redlands Fellowship combined. The church was re-named ‘Birkdale Baptist’ when our church building was finished about 20 years ago. The heart of the formative members was to be an expression of the voice of Jesus in the community, build each other up, and continue to outreach. In 1990 we were able to purchase our current land and build the main auditorium. We opened this facility with a congregation size of just under 100 people, completing most of the required work with the aid of our tireless volunteers. In 2000 and 2001 our congregation reached approximately 400 people, generating the need to offer three services on a Sunday. Over the years since then, attendance has fluctuated to a present level of around 300. In the past 20+ years, we have had been blessed with a total of 3 different Senior Pastors, including two interim Pastors, and various Pastoral Staff. Our Location Our Church facilities are located at the boundary of Jones Road and Old Cleveland Road East, Capalaba. This location has front exposure to Old Cleveland Road East, and is 700 metres to the north east of the Capalaba shopping and commercial precinct. The main complex contains an auditorium with seating for approximately 250 people (300 maximum), and an administration section including 3 offices. Facilities The church buildings are set on a land area of approximately 5 acres, with a large amount of off- street parking. The main complex has been marginally expanded over the years, and adjacent demountable facilities house Creche, Kids Zone and Meetings and Maintenance. We continue to look for further opportunities to expand our facilities as the congregational needs and indeed the needs of the wider community become apparent. Our Congregation The congregation presently consists of a diverse spiritual background of mainly Anglo-Saxon Christians and attendees. During the late nineties, total attendance swelled to approximately 400 with three services on a Sunday. However, conversion rates remained low throughout the 90’s and as the new millennia approached, the 11am service attendance waned and was eventually abandoned. The 9:00am and 6:00pm services continue today. The 9:00am service is oriented towards families, and is accompanied by a Kids Zone and a Morning Shift children and teenager ministry. Approximately 230 people attend the 9:00am service, historically exhibiting slow decline during the year to around 200 by November. The 6:00pm service is known as “Boost” and exhibits signs of solid growth both spiritually and in worship and has approximately 80+ attendees. It is youth and young adult oriented, and highly participatory. As many congregations do, we experience some difficulty in raising up people to facilitate the many leadership and support positions that exist. Many of the church family give generously of their time in a wide range of ministry areas and contribute to many special events, but there is ever the need to support those that serve diligently. Ministries and Programs The church has a wide ranging set of ministries and programs. At present there are over 20 ministry areas of varying size and function, with over 40 volunteers and a handful of paid staff directly engaged in the leading of these ministries and programs. In 2008, our church participated in the 40 Days of Community challenge by Saddleback Valley Community Church. Through this campaign, our numerous small groups grew and many community orientated endeavors were launched, some still being maintained currently. Small Groups are the lifeblood of Birkdale Baptist Church. God has created us to be in intimate relationships, first with Him, second with other people. We believe that Small Groups create the environment in which these relationships can best develop in intimacy and honesty. The Small Group Ministry exists to help people develop God-honouring friendships. Currently approximately 30 small groups operate, stretching across a range of ages, interests, needs and accessibility whilst varying in frequency and purpose. Finance • Current Expenditure Plan is approximately $ 7,800 per week • Current Giving averages about $ 7,500 per week Further financial information can be forwarded upon request. Staffing Birkdale has a current Pastor Structure of: • Senior Pastor, • Associate Pastor – Youth, Young Adults and Small Groups • Associate Pastor – (Vacant) • Pastoral Assistant – Care • Pastoral Assistant – Worship and Women’s Ministries There is part-time Administrator and Secretarial support. Community Demographics and Needs The community has a large “dormitory” population, commuting to Brisbane City for work. There are “busyness” issues, youth issues, “singleness” needs and an increasing scope for community-based initiatives. Redlands City Council has begun a public consultation process, for a new Vision of the Redlands. There are opportunities for Birkdale Baptist to proactively participate in this process. National Church Life Survey (2006) data is available for more detailed demographics. Vision for the Future Our current Vision is: “To be a worshipping, loving and caring community of faith who bring the hope of Christ in the power of the Spirit to the needy, broken world around us” The Board is currently reviewing Vision, and is determining Values. In addition, the Board envisions that Birkdale Baptist will ultimately be a “Community”-style church, with over 800 people attending weekly. This will involve transition from the current “Teams” structure. In a recent survey of the congregation, and with small groups, the following desired outcomes for the next 5 years were identified: • People growing in their faith • Authentic relationships • More community outreach • Larger numbers from conversions • Mission minded • 4 pm service for families • Young people mentored • Spiritual gifts identified and being utilized Leadership An Operational Manual is suspended until such time as a new constitution is draft. Currently this manual is used as a guide to inform practices and processes of our church organization. The following diagrams illustrate the model presented to the membership and approved in August of 2008. 1. That Birkdale Baptist Church adopts Diagram of Trialled Leadership Structure the new leadership structure which has been trialled for the last six months. Members a. The structure collective consists of two bodies:- Board i. The Ministry Team ii. The Board Senior Pastor b. Functioning together as a leadership according to allocated roles and Ministry Teams responsibilities i. As per board policy (2008) Ministries ii. The Senior Pastor will reside as an active member of both groups and acts as the conduit between both groups. 2. The members of Birkdale Baptist Church agree to continue to suspend the current constitution but direct the leadership of Birkdale Baptist Church to produce a new constitution to reflect the new structure. Proposed Future Leadership Style It is the intention of this proposed style to enable Church Leadership Board Members and Ministry Leaders, as servant of the church, to undertake specific roles and shared functions, working together to fulfil the tasks to which the membership commits us, and cooperatively resolving issues that arise as we Ministry Board enter into new territory. Team The proposed style is envisaged to provide two distinct advantages: 1. A cohesion between Board & Ministry Team a. Defined roles with acknowledged shared responsibilities b. The Senior Pastor will reside as an active member of both groups. 2. An empowered Ministry Team As our Church grows, we wish to be ready and able to cater for Birkdale’s growing and diverse needs. We believe this recommendation is the next logical step in Church leadership for a church of our current size and beyond. Birkdale Baptist Church Leadership Journey Perusing Servant Leadership (Philippians 2: 1-7) (These diagrams show the transitions made in leadership structures.) Diaconate Church Council Board Structure Future Leadership Style Deacon Senior Members Leadership Leadership Team Board Deacon Deacon Ministry Board Implementation Team Senior Senior Pastor Team Pastor Ministry Management Team Team Deacon Deacon Pastoral Ministry Staff Coordinators Ministry Team Deacon Ministries 1991 2001 2008 Beyond 2009