As a Baptist church we believe that the New Testament teaches that the local church is competent to administer its own affairs. In order to clarify who is in fact a member of the local church we operate a system of Church Membership. Church members are called prayerfully to discern God’s will for their shared life. Final authority does not rest with the ministers, deacons or any other local, national or international body, but with the members meeting together under God’s guidance. Church meetings will make significant appointments including ministers, and agree financial policy and mission.