Our church is “independent” meaning that it’s run by the members and not by any outside organisation or denomination. This means that it’s the church members as a collective body who are finally responsible for what the church does, who it appoints to lead and what it teaches. They do this in accordance with our statement of faith and our church covenant.
This is important to us because although there are varying levels of maturity between Christians still the Bible is clear that everyone who trusts in the Lord Jesus is a “minister” of the church; that is someone who can encourage others, share the gospel and contribute to the running of the church, and we want to reflect that fact in the way we run the church.
Churches have been run like this for centuries and variously called “baptist”, “free”, “independent” or “congregationalist”.