You might wonder about visiting a Baptist church because the denomination is not all that big here -
So, what makes Baptists different from other Christian denominations? Well, in some ways not much. We have a great deal in common with the Church of Scotland and many of the others. The two most distinctive features of Baptist churches concern how we do baptism and how the local church is run -
Baptism is the time-
Each local Baptist church is responsible for its own affairs and the great majority of Baptist churches in Scotland are, like us, financially independent, meeting all of the costs of their staff, activities and maintenance themselves.
The Baptist Union of Scotland provides a central voice for the denomination and gives encouragement and advice to the churches. It provides a channel by which the member churches can support the planting of new churches. (In the 1960s about 80% of the cost of our building was met by the generosity of our fellow Scottish Baptists through the Union.)
Big decisions in the life of the church are taken by the members at business meetings where we seek to discover together God’s way ahead for us. We have four elders (including the pastor) who oversee the life of the church and guide it on it’s journey. Five deacons complete the Leadership Team, each with responsibility for a sector of church life. Each of our organisations has a recognised leader.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ...
... and teaching them to obey every thing I have commanded. ...
... And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”