Pastor Andy Compton and his wife Sharon.
M.E.C is a Baptist church that believes in the Good News of the Bible. The Bible sets out this great story as a collection of books by a collection of authors spanning 1400 years. It declares God as, ‘abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin’ (Exodus 34:6-7). It presents Jesus as the answer to all that is wrong with us and the world. M.E.C lives in the light of this great news and seeks to tell others throughout East Cork and beyond.
Our Constitution - 1 February 1992
The church shall be called Midleton Evangelical Church and shall be in membership of the Baptist Union of Ireland
Membership of the church shall be open to all those who by their words and lives show that they are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and have confessed that faith in baptism. Believing that Christ is head over His church, the members shall come together for worship, teaching, prayer, fellowship and evangelism.
C. Statement of Faith
The following is the church’s statement of faith. It is regarded as a summary of basic doctrine and as subordinate to Scripture:
- We believe that the Bible consisting of the Old and New Testaments as originally given is verbally inspired by God and is completely and solely sufficient as a basis for our faith
- We believe in one God consisting of three ‘persons’, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human
- We believe that every human is sinful, unrighteous and unable to save himself
- We believe that the death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross was as sacrifice where he gave himself as a substitute for sinners
- We believe that the only way a person can be justified before God is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in Him alone
- We believe that the only way a person can obtain spiritual life is through being born again of the Holy Spirit
- We believe that the devil is a fallen spiritual being
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ rose physically from death on the third day
- We believe that human life does not end at death but will continue for all eternity
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will physically return to the earth as he has promised
- We believe that every person will rise physically to face the Lord on the day of judgement
- We believe that those who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ have a salvation which is secure forever
- We believe that those who refuse to repent will experience a conscious eternal punishment that will never end
- We believe that the ordinances of the church are the Lord’s Supper and Baptism and that Baptism is for believers only and is practiced by immersion
- We believe that every Christian has a responsibility to live a life of obedience to God and to be an example to others
D. Responsibilities of Membership
Members promise to accept the Statement of Faith and to commit themselves, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to fulfil the obligations of the church membership i.e.
- To be present as frequently as possible at church meetings
- To pray for the leaders and members and for the work and to take part in that work as they are able
- To support the church by regular financial contributions as the Lord enables them
- To avoid unkind criticism of fellow members, to promote a spirit of Christian love and unity in the church and to treat as confidential all matters relating to the business of the church
- To strive to live out the truth of what they believe in every way
E. Applications for Membership
Applicants for membership shall be baptised believers. They shall be given a copy of the constitution for consideration and shall be interviewed by two church leaders, one of whom shall be an overseer.
Applicants considered satisfactory by the leaders shall be recommended by them for acceptance on the vote of the church.
- The leaders of the church normally shall consist of Overseers (including any full time Overseers) and Servants (also called Elders and Deacons respectively).
- When it becomes necessary to appoint new leaders, an announcement to this effect shall be made to the church. Members shall prayerfully consider potential leaders over a two-week period in the light of the scriptural qualifications and their availability and willingness to serve. Following this, members shall submit names in writing to the overseers.
- The overseers (or an appointed group if there are no overseers) shall interview potential candidates and prayerfully decide on a person to be proposed to the church to fill each vacancy.
- Once these names have been put to the church a further period of at least two weeks shall be left for prayerful consideration. Any member having reservations should discuss them with the one proposed.
- At a subsequent meeting of the church members the matter of appointment will be decided. It is desirable that the church should be of one mind on this matter but an 80% majority of those present and voting is the minimum acceptable.
- The appointment of leaders shall be reviewed every two years.
H. Business Meetings
- The church shall meet at least twice a year to receive reports and to transact any business other than that requiring a ‘special business meeting’.
- Notices convening business meetings shall be given at the meetings on the two preceding Sundays.
- Business shall be conducted according to the accepted rules of debate and under the control of a chairman chosen by the meeting. Decision making shall be by simple majority vote of those present and voting unless the constitution otherwise requires.
- The Treasurer shall be responsible for the presentation on the Annual Statement of Accounts which shall be distributed to the members at least one week prior to the annual business meeting.
- Voting rights shall be restricted to members who have reached the age of majority.
- Amendments to this constitution shall be by an 80% majority vote of those present and voting at a special business meeting called for that purpose.
Recognising that we are unworthy and weak, and in total dependence upon God, we now commit ourselves to God and to this local church of which He has made us part.
- To seek to live together in holiness and brotherly love, striving to honour God in our lives and to encourage one another in love and good works, to pray for one another and to bear each others’ burdens.
- To always be loyal to each other, being patient with one another’s weaknesses and failings, seeking to maintain unity and avoid all causes of division.
- To be present as frequently as possible at church meetings encouraging one another by our attendance.
- To pray for the leaders of the church and to help them as they carry out the work of leadership.
- That together we will strive to live out the truth of what we believe in every way.
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