John Glass elected as Chair of Council for the Evangelical Alliance
John Glass, head of Elim Pentecostal Church which has 550 churches in England and Ireland, has been appointed as the chairman for the Council of the Evangelical Alliance.
The Council is a group of individuals, from across the evangelical spectrum representing a wide cross-section of expertise, which guides the work of the Alliance. John Glass is the 20th chair of Council since the Alliance was formed in 1846.
"In this honorary position as Chair of Council I will do all within my power to serve both it and my fellow leaders beyond our movement.I am totally committed to its vision and values and aims and objectives and will be honoured to serve alongside some of the finest leaders in the UK church who are our members in the Alliance," said Rev Glass.
John has been involved with the Alliance for over ten years and believes that it is still relevant because it highlights a need for unity within the Church, that's perhaps more necessary than it has ever been.
"The Alliance believes that the church is 'better together'. Given that Jesus, in John 17, expressed this as a mandate for all those who follow him, it clearly is something that the whole Church should enthusiastically embrace."
"The Alliance has a huge role to play in advocacy – presenting the voice of the evangelical to government and media. In my view, this is the strongest reason why denominations, organisations, churches and individuals should take up membership as, by doing so, those who influence what happens in government will take more notice as the Alliance's constituency within the UK and Northern Ireland continues to grow."
As chairman, John's responsibilities within council include chairing the business section of the meeting and together with the general director, it's to seek to represent the views of the Alliance to the wider church and the media.
"For the past 15 years I have been the general superintendent (GS) of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK, which is defined as 'giving spiritual leadership to the Movement and especially to the National Leadership Team'.
"As you'll be aware, 2015 is our centenary year and will be extremely busy as far as I am concerned. When my tenure as general superintendent comes to a close at Conference 2016 I will be free to put more of my time and energy in the work of Alliance for what will remain in my three-year term."
"I've also been an ordained minister for 41 years and am involved in serving a number of organisations outside of my own movement. These include being on the council of reference for Youth for Christ and work with Churches Together. Most of my time is spent engaging with leaders within and without of my own denomination."
"My predecessor, Kate Coleman the former president of the Baptist Union, did a tremendous job. As always, my primary focus will remain during my time as GS to serve Elim to the same degree that I have sought to do over the past fifteen years. However, in this honorary position as chair of Council, I will also do all within my power to serve both it and my fellow leaders beyond our movement. I'm totally committed to its vision and values and aims and objectives and will be honoured to serve alongside some of the finest leaders in the UK church who are our members in the Alliance."