The Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton

Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, MDiv, STM | Senior Pastor
Rev. Howard Haywood | Pastor Emeritus

21 Curve Street West Newton, MA 02465 | 617.332.5870


Our Church Polity

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13:1)

Recognizing Jesus Christ as the only head of the Church, this congregation shall seek to ascertain and to obey the will of our Lord in all matters of faith and practice and to exercise the authority to reach decisions for governing the spiritual and temporal affairs of this Church being given to us by Christ. We hold that such authority and responsibility is vested in the membership of the Congregation.

In carrying out the wider ministry for which Christ has made His Church responsible, we shall adhere to and be members of the Samuel Stillman Association, The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., Inc., and the United Baptist Convention of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. This Church shall not resign or withdraw from any of these bodies except by a duly adopted amendment to the Bylaws of the Church. No such action to amend the Bylaws shall take place until a consultation has been held by the Pastor, Diaconate and Trustee Board (suggested Congregation be consulted also) of this Church with the Moderators of these Associations and the Executive Ministers and/or secretaries of these conventions.

Hiscox Guide for Baptist Churches (Copyright, 1964) shall be our guide on matters of polity and practice and Roberts Rules of Order for parliamentary procedure.