About us

Who we are and what makes us tick.
Our Vision

Our overall vision is to:

  • GATHER to the Father as his family
  • GROW in obedience to the Son
  • GO make disciples by the Holy Spirit

This is how we work out our vision in practise:

We GATHER in Sunday worship and midweek Life Groups
We GROW in E4 Triplets, various E4 training activities and Connect Groups
We GO in lifestyle witness and Go Teams

More information about all of these can be found on our Community page.

Leadership Structure

Elders

Elders are responsible for the wellbeing of Open Doors Network as a whole. Open Doors Network is the banner name which covers all the different interconnected congregations (including New Life Church) or groups, that are cared for by our eldership team.

Our eldership team is: Steve McVeigh, David King & Richard Berkley

Coordinating Team

The Coordinating Team is responsible for the New Life Church congregation, helping it to function according to our vision and values.

The Coordinators are: Richard Berkley, Rachel Berkley, Tony Darnell, Julia Darnell, David King, Tricia King, Michelle Lane, Steve McVeigh, Corinne McVeigh, Nat Wagstaff, Lauren Wagstaff, Phil Watson, Lyn Watson, Lisa Wickham.

Other key leadership

Trustees – are responsible for the legal and financial aspects of Open Doors Network.

Ephesians 4 Teams – help the various groups and congregations of Open Doors Network to grow to maturity in Christ.

What We Believe

We believe in the all-glorious Creator of all things. He is revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit; one God in three persons.

God made us male and female with the unique dignity of being like him. We are called to love him and one another as we re-present him in creation and care for it.

In keeping with his threefold unity he ordained that marriage (the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others) should be foundational to human society and the rearing of children.

When humankind became unfaithful to God by seeking to take his place, he went on to rescue us from the resultant sin and death by taking our place.

God first raised up his ancient people Israel and through them, the written Word, to bear authoritative witness to his grace and truth in the world.

God fulfilled all the prophetic promises of the Old Covenant by sending his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be born of the Jewish virgin Mary.

Christ was truly God and truly human, yet without sin. He bore our sins in his own body as he sacrificed his life for our sakes on a cruel Roman cross. Three days later he was bodily resurrected, confirming that sin and death had been defeated and that we are reconciled to God.

We celebrate: Christ’s ascension to reign at the Father’s right hand as the only Saviour of the world; the sending of the Holy Spirit; Christ’s coming again in glory.

We receive forgiveness for sin solely by the grace of God through obedient faith in Jesus Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who leads us to repentance and baptism, uniting us with Christ and his global church as he comes to live inside us.

We uphold the priesthood of all believers – there being no ‘clergy’, ‘laity’ divide as each follower of Christ is given life by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Spirit endows us with his gifts as he enables us to worship God, serve others and proclaim the good news as we promote righteousness, justice and love.

We:
GATHER
to the Father as his family
GROW in obedience to the Son
GO make disciples by the Holy Spirit

We eagerly anticipate that time when the church comes to full maturity and God in Christ steps in to heal all creation.

We look for the resurrection of all people to judgement through Christ, that he might repay everyone for what they have done, whether good or bad, and fully establish a new heavens and a new earth.

It’s what we do together that forms our culture…

Inspiring agents of change

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