AT DIVERGENT GLOBAL
It might sound obvious but we want God to lead DIVERGENT CHURCH, we desire to be a Spirit led community, founded on God's Word and focused on Jesus. Such a statement can sound somewhat a given but that stated reality shapes our understanding and direction as a Church.
Our key leadership team positions are those who shoulder the primary responsibility to seek God, to understand where he is leading us and to help bring the whole community on that journey.
You can read more about Leadership in Divergent from a development, expectation and selection point of view. The document also includes advice and insight on what to expect in leadership and in leaving leadership in the case that occurs.
DIVERGENT GLOBAL OVERSIGHT
Divergent's Global oversight is made up of experienced leaders from across a number of key communities, backgrounds, and ministries.
OVERSIGHT / ELDERSHIP - External leaders
Andy and Mel Chin – Wesley International Church, Sydney
Rick and Naomi Burrell – Strong Nation Churches, Western Sydney/Blue Mtns
Hamish and Anne Thompson - Abundant Life Church Wellington, NZ
Luke and Katherine Fletcher - Rivers Edge Church, Newington, Sydney
When there is a need for additional oversight, discipline, or response to problems that may arise, this team with the Divergent Board and if needed, the leadership of the ACC are charged and available to respond as appropriate.
DIVERGENT ELDERSHIP - internal community Elders.
Josh and Angela - Global
Phil and Terri Thomson - Divergent Church Port Macquarie
Kade and Rachel Klemke - Divergent Church Canberra / Queanbeyan
In each region our teams are led by a local Leader and their team. The shape of these teams reflect the stage of development and context within which they operate.
Each of the regional Leaders relate directly to the Divergent Global Leadership. The identities of these leaders are usually on each Locations page. That said, what matters more than any individual leader, is our dedication to following the lead of Jesus in all things as unified Leadership teams and communities.
In each of our gatherings, there are gathering leaders. Most of those operate as deacons with immediate ministry leadership focus. There may be a couple or single person who is the primary leader however all our leadership works in teams. It is also the case that the general gatherings leadership maybe in the hands of more than one person.
Legal governance is a parallel and supporting structure for the community and it's mission. To read more about this and our approach, please read our page on these matters here
Leadership is not something carried alone and a narrow focus on a specific Leadership Gifting is also ultimately not healthy for the Church. Divergent Church also does not see itself simply a single cell community but rather one that is called to rise as a movement of communities and believers engaged with the called of God in every context of their lives. This environment and belief spurs us to see a Church that multiples and diversifies it's leadership giftings and strength.
Our specific Sunday Gatherings are lead by different local Pastors and teams, our heart is that our unified strength can enable us to diversify and extend the kingdom.
EVERY BELIEVER IS A MINISTER
The key role of Leadership scripturally is not to be 'ministers' to a group of spectators but rather equippers of the saints for ministry (Eph 4:11 - 12) releasing each person and the community into God's design for our lives individually and as a community. DIVERGENT CHURCH has a limited 'paid Church staff' but has a community of ministers (some of whom are specifically leaders) that are called to bring the Gospel to a world without the Saviour.
We invite you to check out DIVERGENT CHURCH, find out if you are called to this community and call and step into the unique role that God has called you to.