Local Church vision
We have a firm idea that everyone in our church is, or has the potential to become a follower of Jesus, which means;
We all have the potential to connect with God individually and collectively
We all have some talent or experience that will help someone else
Together, we are all part of reflecting who God is to the town and community around us
Our mission is to Inspire, train, and release individuals to Join us in this endeavour, and together make positive impact around us, in Cheltenham and the surrounding areas.
The team are here to help and guide you as you journey with us. We are indebted to our key leaders and volunteers, without who, none of what would would be possible.
REV LUKE GOODWAY
- Lead Minister
- Centre Manager
Luke, Samantha & Lexi joined us in September 2017, just one month after Lexi was born! Luke & Samantha had already served as youth ministers here in this church from 2012-2014. Luke & Samantha were born in Bristol, and Luke was ordained by Elim in 2012. they have a passion to see God honoured, people valued and the church having a positive impact in the entire town. Samantha looks after the logistics of admin & buildings, and Luke heads up the church and foodbank leadership teams. Email Samantha to talk about logistics, volunteering or to enquire about hires or using the space. You can also fill in the form to ‘request a one to one’ with Luke. He can be available to talk through pastoral issues or to discuss things like purpose, mission or ideas you may have.
Youth worker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Foodbank manager and head of alpha
Foodbank team; email@example.com
our history & structure
Elim started work in Cheltenham in 1948, moved to our site we have today in 1968 and revamped the church building in 2016.
We adopted our most updated local constitution in accordance with Elim’s national constitution in 2018, which saw us appoint the elders we have today. These are appointed by membership vote and serve a 4 year term. The next AGM for members only is on Sunday 31 January 2021.
Their role, along with the church officers, is to safeguard our church through major decision making, grievances, financial prudence, spiritual oversight and the appointment of ministers, who will also be ordained by the Elim movement. Year-end financial accounts are available on request.
The Foundational Truths
We are part of a group of churches & one charity: Elim Foresquare Gospel Alliance. Tens of thousands attend Elim churches every week. While the congregations range from small groups to some of the largest in the UK and Ireland, all our members share a set of beliefs known as our Foundational Truths.
The Foundational Truths explain our theology and are a statement of faith - they are powerful, non-negotiable and guide all we say and do.