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The Chart

DaySpring approaches the work of the church in a unique way. From the very beginning we have said that we will be church that is cared for and run by the laity. To facilitate this process we have created The Chart, which has five areas: Worship, Hospitality, Missions, Spiritual Formation, and Stewardship. In September our members have the opportunity to make a one-year commitment to caring for a specific ministry of our church. Some will sign up to organize and serve at Gospel Café, others will sign up to clean our facilities or care for the grounds, or teach Sunday School. Each year we start from scratch, giving everyone the opportunity to serve in new ways or take a season of rest as needed. We have found this process to be a meaningful way to develop trust while enabling our members to become stewards of our church and ministries. (Mid-year sign-ups are also welcome here.)

Lay Leadership

The church is led by a five-member Coordinating Council, who each serve as chair for a six-month term at the end of their rotation. The Coordinating Council has direct oversight of the ministerial staff and, from time to time, appoints ad-hoc committees for various purposes. The Council reports to the church at quarterly business meetings and often brings forward various motions regarding the life of the church. As a Baptist church, the congregation is the final authority on all matters and often votes in business meetings on various proposals brought forward. Every member of DaySpring is a ‘voting member’ and is encouraged to participate in the governance and decision-making of the church.

Ministerial Staff

Our laity-centered approach has resulted in maintaining a lean staff. We have always had only one full-time staff member. Most of our staff is bi-vocational, employed at a part-time level or as unpaid volunteers. Most our current staff have been called out of the congregation. Although this has not been intentional, it reflects the trust we place in one another as we minister together and our staff's commitment to DaySpring as their church.

The DaySpring ministerial staff includes:

Eric Howell
Pastor —
Kyle Knighton
Youth Minister —
Tiffani Harris
Children's Minister —
Susan Thrift
Music Minister —
Amy Everett
Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation and Community Life —
Nancy Cox
Financial Assistant

Pastoral Associate Program

The DaySpring Pastoral Associate Program is a program which engages those going into vocational ministry in the pastoral work of the church and enables them to gain needed and valuable experience. The Pastoral Associates and the church enter into a teaching/learning covenant for a year, providing the student with the opportunity to function in a variety of pastoral roles. Each Associate is a member of the church staff team and is assigned to particular areas of ministry throughout the year based upon his or her gifts and interests and the churchs needs. The Pastor, Staff, and the Coordinating Council are responsible for admitting candidates to the program. The Pastor is responsible for the supervision of each Associate.

The current DaySpring pastoral associates are:

Brittany Ramirez
Pastoral Associate
Katy Reed
Pastoral Associate
Matt Beal
Pastoral Associate
Spiritual Formation - 9:45am
Worship - 11am
Evening Prayer - 5:30pm
Youth Gathering - 6pm
Choir Practice - 7pm
Lectionary Breakfast - 8am
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