We are a strengths-based leadership team


Our Leadership Approach …

In 2006 Whangaparaoa Baptist was searching for a new Senior Pastor. The church had a month of prayer, and a different direction began to emerge …

Instead of a Senior Pastor, for more than 12 years Whangaparaoa Baptist Church has had a Core Leadership Group (CLG), a team that together provides overall church leadership, week-in/week-out, for the whole church. The CLG meets weekly for an hour and a half and discusses things that affect the whole church, such as vision and direction, strategic plans, and churchwide initiatives.

The members of CLG are not there to represent specific ministry areas; rather, they are on CLG because they bring a range of gifts and strengths and experience that, when put together, provides leadership for the whole church community. In September 2018, Josh Sanford was appointed Team Leader; the other members of the CLG are Wendy Wakerley, Mike Enright and Jillian Rutley.


The Elders work closely with the CLG, and Elders and CLG together provide the key leadership for the church.  Elders are responsible for the spiritual oversight and legal governance of the church, and carry out this responsibility in three ways:

Overview – ‘finger on the pulse, and ear on the Father’s heart
Review – prayerful and strategic review
Care – praying and caring for our CLG members, wider staff, and those in our church community

Elders are active church members who have been nominated from within our congregation. These nominations are submitted to the current Elders and the CLG for prayerful consideration. Then at our AGM, these names are brought to the members to confirm by vote. (Church Membership is a crucial part of our understanding of “Church”, and of the way WBC functions.  If you want to find out about church membership, talk to one of our pastors.)

Elders are elected for a two-year term.

Monthly Strategic Review Team (MSR)

Our team of key staff (some full-time, some part-time) co-ordinate and provide leadership in key ministry areas, working with teams of volunteers.  They meet together monthly for planning and review.


Youth Key Leadership Team (YKL team)

This is a team leadership approach within youth ministry, with our Youth Pastor Josh Sanford connecting with and providing oversight and direction to this YKL Team.

Office Staff

Our office staff provides administrative support services for our ministries and leadership at WBC.