Why is Membership Important.
Membership is important for Hughes because we are a congregationally governed church. It is the members who decide the direction, approve the budget and vote on key appointments, including new pastors. We are part of the Baptist Association of NSW and ACT, but we are not ‘governed’ by them. We choose to associate with them as much as they choose to associate with us. However, our representation at Baptist Association fora is a function of membership numbers.
What’s in it for me?
Being a member is a tangible sign of your commitment to the Hughes church family and allows you to participate in key discussions and decision-making affecting the future of the church. You accept a measure of responsibility for the church. Membership is not about salvation, but membership does call upon the right exercise of spiritual gifts and discernment and therefore can contribute to growth towards spiritual maturity.
From our constitution:
Church membership expresses a believer’s connection to the local manifestation of the body of Christ and is a prerequisite for full participation in the major corporate and spiritual decisions in the life of the Church.
Why is the Process so Rigorous?
We think it is important to establish, as best we can, that potential members profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and share our commitments to the Baptist Statement of Beliefsas expressed in our Constitution. This after all, is who we are. We seek a broad alignment with those convictions from those who would fellowship with us as members of this church. The process also ensures that members are aware of our constitution and principles of operation.