Our Government

As Baptists, we adhere to a congregational form of government. In other words, our church is completely autonomous and self-governing. We cooperate denominationally for the support of the wider mission and receive counsel and resources from the larger body to improve and strengthen our own local ministries. But the Lowville Baptist Church is solely responsible for its ministries, doctrine and discipline.

The basic human authority is the body of Christians who make up the membership of the Lowville Baptist Church. Membership is open to all who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, who have received believer’s baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit, and who regularly attend the services of the Lowville Baptist Church. Associate membership is available to those who transfer from another church or denomination but who have not received believer’s baptism by immersion.

Each January (usually the third Sunday), the Lowville Baptist Church holds its Annual Meeting for the election of officers, adoption of a budget, and to conduct any other business. Special meetings may be called throughout the year as needed.
The oversight of the properties, programs and ministries of the Lowville Baptist Church throughout the year are divided among three elected Boards. The Board of Trustees oversees property and finances. The Board of Deacons assist the Pastor in ministering to the spiritual needs of the congregation.  The Board of Christian Education works with the Pastor to oversee and strengthen the educational ministries of the church. In addition, the Flower, Memorial, Missions, and Music committees work with the pastor to see to their respective areas of responsibility.