Leadership
Jesus

There can only ever be one true leader of the church, and that is Jesus Christ. In Colossians 1:18, He’s described as “the head of the body, the church,” by Paul.


Oxygen Life Church is not just a body of believers – we are HIS body of believers, and in the end we will give an account of ourselves to Him. The only reason that we are a church is because of Jesus, and we will only be able to truly be His people on this earth if we honour Him as our highest authority, both individually and as a people. When it comes to roles that He has put in place, we see two Biblical leadership offices present in each local church, namely elders and deacons.

 

Elders

We see in the Bible that wherever there was a church in a city, it was governed by elders. Elders are called and anointed by God but recognised and commissioned by men.

We have a team of ten elders who oversee the church. As an eldership we acknowledge the particular gifting and grace on Brad Verreynne to lead the team, and he is recognised as our lead elder.

There are three words in the New Testament that describe the same thing and are virtually interchangeable: Presbuteros (translated as ‘elder’), Episkopos (translated as ‘overseer’ or ‘bishop’) and Poimén (translated as ‘shepherd’ or ‘pastor’). Elders fulfil these roles, working together to ensure the health, growth and protection of the body.


Brad and Angela Verreynne

Vince and Christine Rafferty

Ant Meek

Alan and Theresa Preller

Eugene and Jess Marais

Shaun and Sam Brauteseth

Mark and Vanessa Manley

Craig and Lisa Krummeck

Shaun and Angie Harrison


Lesedi and Kristle Williams

Deacons

The word ‘deacon’ comes from the Greek ‘diakonos’, which means ‘servant’. While we should all be servant-hearted, those who are called and qualified are ordained into the office of deacon.

Like an elder, the role of a deacon is also governmental, but is in partnership with and under submission to the elders' authority in the church. It is an office designed to support the elders and to take away the burden of much of the practical aspects of church life from them, as we see in Acts 6:1-3. However, this doesn’t mean that deacons only have a practical function. We read in Acts about deacons ministering in great power – Stephen preached powerfully and was martyred, and Philip was an evangelist with a great impact. A deacon holds a high office and receives great spiritual reward if he is faithful (1 Timothy 1:13).

Deacons are an integral part of the church; without them we would not be healthy. They are a vital cog in the structure of the church, helping to disciple members and facilitate meetings and events.

Members

Being a member of the church is not only about attendance; it's about belonging. It's not about going to church as much as being the church. It's not about coming to hear a speaker and then scattering; it's about being joined to a people and added by God's will. To be part of the church is to be part of the family of God, which has fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. That's why Oxygen life consists of three congregations, and not of three meetings on a Sunday. We want to raise up focused disciples of Jesus who are all playing their part.

We believe that as members of God's church, our greatest purpose is to reflect Him. When we encounter Jesus, His life begins to flow from our lives. One of the best summaries of the life of God flowing through the church is found in Acts 2:42-47. It's a description of the early church, and  shows unity and devotion. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” 


This is God’s pattern: Devotionsincerityintimacy between peoplemeeting in homeseating with each otherthe presence of God displayed in powerextreme generosity and daily salvations. We see this description as the blueprint for God's people, and this is our definition of what it means to be His church.