Rutland Street Church is not a member of any denomination nor is it under the authority of any established religious authority. However, it does align itself with movements and congregations who hold similar basic values; two key examples of this are CCCNZ and Living Stones Network. We embrace fellowship with other groups working together to reach people for Christ, and establishing those reached in churches that believe Christ is the Lord of the Church.
Rutland Street Church does not have a system of church membership for those who attend; we welcome all who know Christ or who are investigating Christianity as a way of life. The Church does hold to the view that those who follow Christ will want to join with others in allegiance to a style of worship and ministry. This would place them in a position where they might be determined as being in fellowship at Rutland Street Church.
Evidence of this would include an understanding of, or a desire to learn Biblical teaching on subjects such as:
- Personal relationship with Christ (Conversion)
- Believer's Baptism
- Communion at the Lord's table
- The practice of regular Sunday attendance
- The value of involvement in a small group
- Submission to the authority of the leadership
- Desire to maintain unity of the fellowship
- Opportunities for everyone to serve in the fellowship
- The principles of financial giving to the needs of the church
- Lifestyle that does not compromise the testimony (good name) of the fellowship
- Commitment to deal with grievances in a Biblical manner
If you wish to formalise your membership, please contact an Elder. An Elder would love to sit down and discuss this with you and support you in your growth as a Christian. From time to time 'New Peoples' Lunches' are held. These provide an opportunity to hear our history and to listen to our hearts while providing an informal way to meet the leadership team.