Why do we need the WEBA executive?
WEBA is both a limited company and a registered charity. As such, we need to have in place both a board of directors and charity trustees.
The WEBA executive fulfils both these roles. Executive members are legally responsible and accountable for all decisions the Association makes. They are responsible for the governance of WEBA; for making sure the stated objects of the Association are being achieved.
They also function as advocates of WEBA and provide practical and prayer support to the regional ministers and office staff.
Who are they?
First of all, the WEBA executive represents the churches. Each cluster of churches within the Association can elect 2 representatives to the Executive.
The Executive also includes a Moderator, (currently Rev. John Rackley) Treasurer, and the three Regional Ministers.
Other individuals, such as the Principal of Bristol Baptist College, and the regional representative of the Baptist Missionary Society, are co-opted onto the executive.
As Company Secretary, the WEBA Administrator attends meetings but is not a voting member of the Executive.
The Executive are assisted in their management and decision making by four Executive Teams, who have particular responsibility for Mission, Ministry, Resource and Admin, and Staffing.
For a full list of Executive members, see the WEBA Directory. (Copies are available from the WEBA office at a cost of £4 each)
What do they do?
The Executive usually meet six times a year on a Monday or Thursday evening. The Executive Teams will already have worked together to produce reports on issues within their areas of responsibility. For example, the Mission team will report on an initiative such as Imagine, the Ministry team will report on pastoral issues within the Association, and the Resource and Admin team will report on any proposed items of expenditure.
These will have been circulated to all executive members in advance of the meeting, because the whole executive is responsible for any decisions made, whether or not they are present at the meeting. At the meeting, the Executive is then able to make informed decisions on these issues, and the teams are in turn responsible for implementing these decisions.
How are Executive members appointed?
WEBA welcomes nominations for new representatives, and each cluster currently has at least one vacancy.
The cluster is responsible for nominating an individual to serve on the executive. If you are interested in getting involved, or nominating someone to serve in this way, you could begin by talking to your minister, one of the Regional Ministers, or raising the issue at a cluster meeting if you have one.
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