Leadership and Governance

We aspire to be a group of churches who plant and grow healthy, vibrant churches which see many, many saved and changed for the better by combining effective church activities and the miraculous power of God.
This page contains a summary of our structure and governance to that end.

Local church teams

Each local church has a team which takes overall responsibility for the vision, direction, oversight and implementation of that church's call. The name of this teram varies from church to church, and it will generally delegate to other teams and individuals within the church.

Local Leadership Forum

Six times a year, those teams gather together for prayer, worship, encouragement, sharing of vision, theological consideration, and other strategic matters.

Regional Team

The regional team is the gathering of community heads, assistant pastors and regional administration leads. It meets for two purposes:
  • To provide support, prayer, encouragement and insight for the local church leaders.
  • To bring leadership to the region.
Currently (January 2017) this team consists of: Geoff and Muriel Chad, Roger and Di Cole, Ed and Kate Evans, Paul and Fran Gander, David Margetts, Neil and D Townsend (team lead), and Nick and Naomi White

Regional Trustee sub-committee

Legally, OpenGate churches is part of Oxfordshire Community Churches (known as OCC, see here). The Trustees of OCC carry the final legal responsiblity for the charity. This work is substantially delegated for OpenGate to our Trustee subcommittee. Their responsibilites are:
  • To ensure that the regional leadership have a clear vision and stragy for the region and the churches.
  • To verify that the regional and local teams are acting in line with that vision and strategy.
  • To ensure that all actiuons taken by the regional and local teams are within the bounds of 'good practice' as defined by UK law and other appropriate bodies.
The regional trustee subcommittee consists of: Ken Armour (Wantage), Patrick Gale (Abingdon), Paul Gander (Didcot), Jansen Jacobs (Didcot), David Margetts (admin support), Neil Townsend (chair, Wantage, Regional lead), Of those, Patrick Gale and Jansen Jacobs are trustees of OCC, ensuring good overlap betwween the bodies. Neil Townsend also sits in on OCC Trustees meetings to further strengthen the linkage.
Finally, it is worth noting that of the five churches which are part of OpenGate Churches, three are legally part of the organisation (Abingdon, Didcot and Wantage) and the other two (Henley and Swindon) are separate legal organisations with their own trustees.