“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4: 11, 12
Our desire is to become a vibrant group of people who seek to live out the life of Christ and the principles of the Kingdom of God and to express that teaching in a relevant manner to the society we live in and to those with whom we are connected. We seek to do this by working towards God's mission of “Loving God and loving our neighbour as ourselves" in all aspects of our life.
Springwater Church forms along the lines of the Congregational Movements method of governance. It means we are led by the local congregation/Ecclesia in interdependent relationships with others. Congregational government seeks to avoid hierarchy by maintaining that the local church community is answerable directly to God, not to man or other organisations.
At Springwater, this means, the body or members, of the church, are the final point of authority. In this capacity, Springwater aims to encourage and release the full potential and gifting of the church family. In Ephesians 4 the church is given Apostolic, Prophetic, Teaching, Evangelistic and Pastoral gifting so that we can effectively be Christ's ambassadors within our local setting and the various places of influence that God has placed each of us.
To support this focus the life of Springwater Church is coordinated through six congregational teams that report back to the Springwater Congregation
The teams highlighted below, meet and pray for, seek insight from and ways to support those involved the work and activity of each area mentioned
- Springwater Gatherings
- Church Health
- Community Impact
- Springwater Lands & Grounds
- Management Trustees
The aim in Springwater is to enable everybody to be involved in the area of church life that excites them
Church Development Ministers Kevin & Linsey Potter are part of a family with an international flavour. This characteristic comes from the children and parents being born in various countries around the world - Wales, Iran, England and India and having lived on the three different continents of Europe, Asia and North America. You can read more of their life and work by looking at the past Ventures page on www.potterabout.com. Kevin and Linsey are ordained pastors with Christian Growth International and have been involved in a myriad of integrated faith-based church and development work. In the early part of 2016, after working 26 years in India, UK, Mexico and the USA, their journey has taken them from the city of Angels on the West Coast of America, where Kevin was the Interim Director for Oasis USA and Linsey undertook two masters courses at Fuller University to Peppard Common. Now resident in the UK they are working alongside us as Church Development Ministers focussing on the integrated development of Springwater church and our community impact.