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Leadership and Accountability Policy


Character - Christlike

Jesus taught and showed that Christian leadership was to be humble, gentle, and servant-hearted. It is never coercive, self-serving, or bullying. It is loving to all.

Christ-like character is the first requirement of any leader at the Tab.  We’re committed to looking for Godliness before giftedness or success.

Task - Bible Teaching and Prayer


Jesus taught that like a seed the word of God has all the power for growing the church. So, our business is gently and trustingly opening the Bible and praying (on Sundays, in small groups, with each other). That’s all we can do.  

We know that Christian growth 
is God’s work, and no program, personality, or pressure can create it.

Team - Membership and Elders


Jesus knows all hearts are sinful, so he built important accountability into the structure of churches.

The Tab is led therefore by a team of elders. This is a flat team with equal authority. We aim to be open so that voices are heard; close so that we know each other lives; and watchful because the Bible says: keep watch over yourselves and all the flock.”  

Elders and Deacons will be asked to do annual reviews in which there’s an opportunity to raise any concerns. 

The Pastor will undergo a 360 degree review each year so that any concerns could be anonymously raised.

Key decisions in the church are made all together as a membership.

Safeguards in Pastoring


We don’t want to stifle real close friendship or the pastoring of the church. But we want to be careful and wise.

We know that no policy can fully safeguard any organisation or be a substitute for the work of the Spirit in hearts. But we want a culture of best practice that means that if one of us starts to do things that are unhealthy, those things look/sound/feel unhealthy to the rest of us.

So, on top of our safeguarding policy the below are some safeguards for pastoring.


  • Pastors will require enhanced DBS and references. Previous employers will also be asked if there are any disciplinary proceedings, we should be aware of. This may seem intrusive but is a way of seeking to be “above reproach” (and it is in line with 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1).  


  • The pastor will share his diary regularly with the Elders.  
  • Any regular 1-to-1 meetings are to be explained and noted by Elders. The Bible is very positive about training (e.g., between Paul and Timothy) but there are obviously dangers.


  • Regular across-gender 1-1 meetings will not occur.  
  • In general, meeting with 3 or 4 people is preferred to meeting 1-1. 
  • We aim for pastoral care to be provided by a team so that it doesn’t fall on one person. 
  • The Pastor will avoid anyone becoming dependent or accountable to them. If sensitive things are shared that could make a person more vulnerable the Pastor will (with permission) share with one or more Elders and his wife.  Our approach is discretion but not confidentiality.  


For clarity:

It should go without saying that no form of abuse (sexualphysical, or emotional) will ever be tolerated. The police will be immediately informed.           



If you have any concerns about the leadership or culture at the church, please contact our safeguarding officer Mark Deacon via our contact page.

If you need to ask someone outside of the Tab, contact the FIEC 43 45 40.

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Come and join us...

Barnaby 4 Hello, my name is Barnaby, and I am the Pastor here at Lancing Tab. The aim of this website is just to give you a flavour of who we are and what we're about as a church.


We’re a church for the whole community in and around Lancing. Come as you are whatever doubts and questions you have.

icon3 As a church family, we all face different challenges, but we believe the Bible’s message about Jesus’ love and rescue are what we most need.
icon2 We meet at our building on North Road (next to the Co-op) at 10.30am each Sunday. It’s free and informal with tea, coffee, and kids’ groups.

Sat Nav Postcode BN15 9BB

Our address is:
105 North Road
West Sussex
BN15 9BB

There is limited street parking around the Tab. A public car park in North Farm Road is a two-minute walk. The charges for the cark park are £1 on Sundays.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets available.





Our 10:30am service is simple and informal and normally runs for just over an hour. People wear anything from T-shirts to suits. You are welcome to bring kids of any age. 
We do the following:
  • Share news – because we’re a family.
  • Sing – because we love God.
  • Confess sin – because we don’t want to pretend, we’re anything but people in need of grace.
  • Look at the Bible – because that’s how we listen to God.
  • Pray – to ask God for his help.
  • We might have a baptism or take the Lord’s supper - to celebrate Jesus’ rescue.
  • We have coffee afterwards - to take real time together.

What about my kids?


We love having the noise of lively children – so don’t worry!   They stay for the first 15 minutes of the service and then head to some excellent groups.  (Link to Itab) Creche (0-3), 4-10s group, and 11-15s group.   Older teens stay in the service.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. 

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games, and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

More than a Sunday...


While Sundays are a fantastic way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our pastoral groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet during the week, some daytime, and some evenings. 

kidslogo Kid’s club (£1 per child)
Reception to year 6
Wednesday 6-7pm, term time
Lots of fun. Bible stories. Hide and seek. Sports. Tuck shop!
Toddler Group Toddler group (£1 entry)
Wednesday 10-11.15am, term time.
Toys, craft, and songs. A chance for parents to meet and chat and have a cup of coffee.
Youth Youth group (£1 entry)
School years 7-11
Wednesday 7.30pm, term time.
Lots of fun. Opportunities to ask questions about the Christian faith. Games, trips to the beach, camping and much more!
senior Older people’s group
Tuesday fortnightly, 10.30am.
Hymns, prayer, Bible talk, coffee, and biscuits. A great place for friendship - all welcome.
coffee Cafe in the church
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10am-12.
Free coffee and cake. Kids toys. A friendly space.

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