Under the plan God has ordained for His church, leadership is a position of humble, loving service. The New Testament lays out how the local church is to be governed - made up of elders, deacons and members.
Put simply, a church elder is a man called by God to be an overseer. They are peacemakers, prayer warriors, teachers, leaders by example, and decision makers who are tasked with preaching and teaching those who belong to the church. At present we have 5 serving elders.
The word 'deacon', meaning 'servant' in the original Greek language, is a role of service, of sacrifice, and of commitment to others' needs. Deacons are to administrate, shepherd, and care for the needs of the people in the church. It is a role that the Jesus Himself modelled in the New Testament:
At present, we have 13 who serve the church as deacons.
Although church membership is never required to become a Christian, it is a simple way of identifying with a local group of believers who attend the same church and are willing to be identified as a representative of it. At Hamilton Baptist, we currently have over 250 members.
If you are interested in finding out more about membership, please get in touch and one of the leadership team will be happy to provide more information.