Grace Church is not alone in the city. We are still a relative newcomer (est. 2003) alongside 150+ other churches in North Staffordshire.
As we play our part and work in partnership with others in and around Stoke-on-Trent, we hope to see "THE CHURCH" (all of them) grow and bless our city in such a way that we can truly say we are “building CHURCH the city can’t do without”.
Grace Church is made up of people from all different ages and stages of life. We’re particularly strong in the 20s- 40s age group and there are lots of children. We have a brilliant group of students from Keele and Staffs Uni as well as a growing number of retired people, sharing their life experience.
We want to be a church that mirrors what we read of in Revelation 7:9; a diverse church that represents the nations. As an eldership team, we’re regularly thinking about ways that we (as a predominantly white congregation) can ensure all are welcome and give equal opportunity to belong, serve and lead in the church, regardless of any difference.
Leaders, Trustees and Elders
Grace Church is led by a team of women and men who mostly volunteer their time.
We have a brilliant board of Trustees that ensure we comply with all the different requirements of the UK Charity Commission and steward our finances well.
A team of elders (some churches call them "pastors" or "ministers") have been appointed to lead Grace Church in our mission to the city and care for one another. One elder leads this team and is paid part time, but all of the elders work together to serve the church family.
External Support & ChristCentral
External support and accountability for the charitable work we do comes through our affiliation with Stewardship who audit our finances each year, as well as offer us legal advice and insight into charity law.
Our "spiritual" external support and accountability comes through our friendship with the ChristCentral Apostolic Team, who oversee over 200 churches in over 25 different nations. ChristCentral are part of the wider NewFrontiers family.
It should go without saying, but, for the final say on how Grace Church is to be led, we all look to Jesus as this is his church.