In a Baptist church the congregation represents the final authority on all matters of church life. It is the shared commitment and convictions of Christian believers, binding themselves together to be a church, that started Hastings Baptist Church - and will keep it going. Many week to week responsibilities are entrusted to the oversight of church leaders - but the heart of church life is the involvement and investment of rank and file church members.
Church members are people who are committed to the church and keep the church going! Members of this church are ordinary Christian people, who have been baptised as a demonstration of their personal faith. They have agreed on a core set of Christian truth and have pledged themselves, along with the other church members, to growing and serving in this particular congregation.
These are people elected by the congregation to give spiritual oversight and direction to the church. Some are staff, most aren’t.
These are people elected by the congregation to give practical direction and service to the church.We have Admin Deacons who look after things like our buildings and money, and Ministry Support Deacons who promote missions in the church and help us practically care for one another.