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Servant Leadership Council

Info about & contact info for the Servant Leadership Council (SLC)

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Who is the Servant Leadership Council?

The SLC is the lay lead council, elected by the congregation, and charged by the Church Constitution with being responsible for the overall strategic direction of the church. The SLC is also charged with establishing strategies and objectives to fulfill Gayton’s purpose, vision and values. This involves much weekly, if not daily engagement with the Senior Pastor and ministry team. In addition, the SLC approves the church budget as compiled by the Stewardship Task Group, serves as servant leaders of Gayton and meets monthly with the Senior Pastor. Terms on the SLC are generally for three years commencing July 1 and the terms are staggered. The SLC must be comprised of at least six members and can be as large as eleven members. The SLC annually elects a chair, vice-chair and a secretary. The SLC makes recommendations at church business meetings, including the church budget for congregational approval, and the chair moderates the business meetings. Each SLC member serves as a liaison to other church councils or task groups.


Marcia Barber (Chair)

Kandra Brummett (Vice Chair)

Marybeth Essex

Anne Hill

Scott Johnson

Eric Perkins

Thomas Sprouse

Melissa Strong (Secretary)

SLC Liason Assignments

Ministry Councils:

Worship Council -Marcia Barber

Discipleship Council - Anne Hill

Missions/Evangelism Council - Eric Perkins

Task Groups:

Discernment Task Group (DTG) - Kandra Brummett

Facility Task Group (FTG) - Scott Johnson

Human Resources Task Group/Staff (HRTG) - Marcia Barber

Stewardship Task Group (STG) - Thomas Sprouse

Sub Groups:

AGAPE/SPACE/Quest (ASQ) - Marybeth Essex

Youth - Melissa Strong

SLC Responsibilities

SLC Responsibilities include: 

1. Be responsible for the strategic direction of the church 

2. Establish strategies and objectives to fulfill the church’s Purpose, Vision and Values, and to: 

a. review progress against objectives 

b. to ensure that ministry operates consistently with the strategies 

3. Be servant leaders of the church in life, thought, and ministry. 

4. Meet monthly, and at other times as necessary to accomplish its duties, maintaining permanent, typed minutes of such meetings. 

5. Annually review and establish strategies and objectives to accomplish the church’s purpose and to review the charter of ministry councils and teams. As part of this review, it may request objectives from the staff and ministry councils and teams.

 6. Regularly review the total ministry of the church to determine that objectives are being accomplished. 

7. Establish policies as necessary to guide the church and to take or recommend corrective action, or reverse objectives, where objectives are not being accomplished. 

8. Represent the church in certain staff relationships as outlined in the church’s Human Resources Policy Manual. 

9. Routinely review the charter and objectives of ministry teams. 

10. Make recommendations on all matters to be brought to the church in business meetings, other than from teams directly responsible to the church; and to call church meetings as necessary. 

11. Approve​ ​the annual ministry budget of the church as submitted by the STG. Final budget will be forwarded to the church in the annual meeting for consideration and approval.

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