How we work

As a group of Christians living in the Carrigaline area we believe we should meet together regularly to worship God and to encourage and build one and other up (1 Cor 14:26). We also look to develop our spiritual life and look for that development to be expressed through the fruits of the spirit as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23.

As a Christian fellowship we see one of our responsibilities to spread the message of the gospel and make disciples. We understand making disciples involves a responsibility to help and encourage those new to the faith so they can develop a firm foundation for their faith (Math 28:19-20).

As a fellowship we understand people may have a different experience of God from our own and, beyond the core beliefs of the fellowship, we do not enforce any specific doctrinal viewpoint on anyone and we welcome people with different viewpoints and experiences of God.

We are an independent fellowship and are not beholden to any higher authority or denomination other than God himself. However we do seek and encourage mutually beneficial links with other fellowships and Churches. As a fellowship we encourage and seek Christian visitors and speakers from other fellowships and churches to share their experience of God with us as they are led by the spirit.

The decision making body of the fellowship is the members meeting. All members have the right to attend and speak at the members meetings. All members have equal standing at the members meeting because “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus”. (Gal 3:28). Decisions are made by the consensus of the members meeting by voting.

All those who are born again Christians and agree with the core beliefs of the fellowship are eligible to apply for membership. Membership applications are to be approved by the members meeting.

The members meeting may decide to delegate some responsibility and decision making to specific members but those people are still accountable to the members meeting.

As a fellowship we seek to be financially independent, not soliciting financial support from other Churches but seeking God for how we may wisely use the gifts he has given us. We seek to apply those gifts both within and beyond our own fellowship. We do not believe in compelling people into giving but recognise it is between the individual and God. As Paul said "Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor 9:7. The finances of the fellowship will be open to examination by any member on request. The finances will also be fully and transparently reported at members meetings.

Our understanding is that God distributes his gifts as and when he sees fit and these should be exercised for the building up of the Church and with respect for order within the Church 1 Cor 14:26-33. Prophesy within the Church should be correctly weighed by those with the gift of discernment 1 Cor 14:29.