Governance & Accountability

Ruach City Church is a non-denominational Christian Church. Governance at Ruach City Church always carries at its heart the clear understanding that Christ is the head of the Church and its supreme authority – Ephesians 1 v 22; Ephesians 4 v 15; Colossians 1 v 18. Governance at Ruach City Church is based on the following scriptures which give direction for church governance in the New Testament with Bishops/Elders having responsibility as Overseers to lead the church of God  – Titus 1 vs 5-7; Acts 14 v 23; 1 Timothy 5 v 17; 1 Timothy 3 vs 1-7; Philippians 1 v 1. At Ruach City Church, governance is carried out by the Bishop together with the Pastoral Team and the Board of Trustees.

Scripturally, the responsibility for the government of the Church rests with the Bishop having the overall responsibility for all aspects of the Church – spiritual, organisational, administrative, etc. However, Ruach City Church is a registered charity and as such, it has Charity Trustees, “persons having the general control and management of the administration of a charity” (section 97(1) Charities Act 1993). In other words, there are aspects of the Church’s affairs that Trustees have a legal responsibility for. Broadly, the responsibility of the Trustees is to see that Ruach City Church as a charity, is administered in line with its stated charitable purposes and that it keeps within legal requirements.

The Board of Trustees is accountable to the Charity Commission, to the church and to the public generally. The secular and scriptural strands are drawn together to view their authority as coming by the appointment of men (secular and ecclesiastical) to do designated and specific areas of work in the Body of Christ. Spiritually, they are responsible to the Bishop as Chief Elder of the Church. Legally, they are accountable to the Charity Commission.  Practically, they are servants of the Ministry and the people in the designated areas assigned to them. There is in this sense, mutual accountability between the spiritual and legal authority.

More specifically, the areas of responsibility for the Ruach Board of Trustees include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Governance
  2. Legal
  3. Financial
  4. Staffing
  5. Premises
  6. Strategy
  7. Advisor to the Bishop