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 4 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:
It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mathew 20: 26-28
At present, we have 15 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.