How we are governed
We believe that the church of Jesus Christ is made up of many local congregations, each of which is directly answerable to Christ for its life. For some decisions, such as the recognition of who are fellow-believers fellowship with the church, and major items of expenditure, we call together the members of the church to make these decisions collectively.
Christ has also given to his church pastors, otherwise called elders or overseers. Their task is to teach the local church, to care for the believers, to reach out to those who are not yet believers, and to give leadership to the congregation. This leadership is to be with a servant attitude, and by the Word of God. Pastors have no power to tell people what to do apart from what is taught in Scripture.
Christ has also given to his church servants, who are called “deacons”. Their task is to look after the practical life of the local church, so the pastors are not distracted from their work.
At the moment the church has no official links with other associations or groups of churches, although it is in discussion with some associations with a view to affiliation. However, we enjoy warm relations with a number of Bible-believing churches in this country and overseas.
For a fuller explanation of our view of church government, click here.
For our constitution, click here.