vision and team
Basingstoke Community Churches
We are a family of churches (currently four) in North Hampshire and South Berkshire that began in the 1960s. Having emerged from one church we still retain a sense of identity together. Our desire is to see our churches thriving and growing and to support one another in this shared aim. Each church exercises its own leadership and governance, yet retains a sense of togetherness through history, vision and some shared activities. BCCs has an Apostolic Team which seeks to support the churches in their mission, to foster mutual sharing and strengthening and to bring encouragement and input. This is supported by a small ‘corporate’ administration team and Trustees of the one charitable body.
This is best expressed as a desire to be ‘galvanised for a decade of growth and impact.’ This strap line emerged from a review of BCCs in April 2017. It is an attempt to capture our desire for God to lead us into greater fruitfulness together. This vision is expressed in three ways: firstly to foster an apostolic culture (that thinks beyond itself), has a world vision (locally and overseas), and values development over maintenance; secondly, to encourage strategies for growth through new birth; and thirdly, to consider what training and equipping is better done together.
Leadership for this shared vision currently resides with the Apostolic Team, led by Phil Norris and includes Gary Bastin, Jon Coombs, Andy Taylor, Dan Wake, Greg Whittick, Andy Wright and Mark Nash (BCCs Operations Manager). This team seeks to support the churches through evaluating ‘how we’re doing’ against our vision. It considers how we can encourage a sense of mutual support, which activities will benefit all, and how we can encourage the three areas of vision mentioned above.